Debussy: Alexander Melnikov ***
Wigmore Hall, 5th April 2017
Debussy’s Général Lavine, with his bugle calls, cake-walk and badly tuned banjo, wasn’t the only thing at Wigmore Hall deserving the descriptor “eccentric” last night. Alexander Melnikov’s recital, surveying both books of Préludes, was highly individual, the Russian pianist twisting and pulling Debussy’s scores as a child plays with plasticine. He moulded them into new shapes – not always in a good way, but often intriguing, occasionally inspired.
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