Liszt, Feinberg, Lyapunov: Marc-André Hamelin ***
Wigmore Hall, 19th June 2016
One of music’s first “rock stars”, Franz Liszt created the piano recital: performing without a score, turning the piano sideways – so audiences could admire his profile – striding on and off the platform between numbers. He became the epitome of the piano virtuoso, rattling off elaborate compositions, hair flying about his shoulders, dazzling listeners with the sheer number of notes flowing from his fingers. Marc-André Hamelin may not have the flowing locks, but the notes certainly poured forth from Wigmore Hall’s Steinway in his recital in which Liszt filled the first half. But virtuosity can be relentless.
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