Worshipping at the shrine of Grigory Sokolov in Verbier

Verbier Festival: Grigory Sokolov *****

L’Église de Verbier, 26th July 2016

It was apt that Grigory Sokolov gave this recital in Verbier’s church. The cult Russian pianist, who refuses to play in the UK due to visa regulations, only gives a handful of concerts in Europe each year, ensuring a fervent following. Among the musical pilgims in Verbier were pianists Daniil Trifonov and Marc-André Hamelin, as well as the cellist Mischa Maisky, medallion swinging like a censer. In pews, many listened with heads bowed and hands clasped. A tripod on stage, possibly housing a camera, was shrouded in black sheeting, looking for all the world like a hooded monk at prayer.

Grigory Sokolov © Nicolas Brodard | Verbier Festival

Grigory Sokolov
© Nicolas Brodard | Verbier Festival

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