Cockroaches and kaleidoscopes: Mikhail Rudy’s animated piano recital at King’s Place

Janáček, Mussorgsky: Mikhail Rudy ***

Mikhail Rudy © Marthe Lemelle

Mikhail Rudy
© Marthe Lemelle

King’s Place, 27th March 2015

In a piano recital, your eyes are usually fixed on the keyboard. Last night, all eyes were glued to the silver screen. The Institut Français’ three day festival “It’s all about Piano!” kicked off cinematically at King’s Place. Mikhail Rudy’s compact double bill opened with the UK première of Metamorphosis, a film by the Quay Brothers based on Kafka, with live soundtrack courtesy of three Janáček piano scores. It then moved on to Rudy’s now famous visualisation of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. It provided a feast for the eyes, although sometimes proved a frustrating experience.

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