Tag Archives: Liszt

Sumptuous Strauss from Louise Alder in Wigmore jump-in

Louise Alder & Gary Matthewman **** Wigmore Hall, 22nd July 2017 We anticipated a Ukrainian barihunk singing Tchaikovsky, but ended up with an English rose singing Strauss. “Travel problems” detained Andrei Bondarenko from making his Wigmore Hall recital, his place taken at … Continue reading

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Wigmore Hall englouti: exquisite aquatic recital from Philippe Cassard

“Perspectives Debussy”: Philippe Cassard ***** Wigmore Hall, 29th October 2016 “Wigmore Hall is flooded now!” confessed Philippe Cassard. It was Claude Debussy who left the tap running, with every form of precipitation – rain, snow, fog – pouring from the … Continue reading

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Lisztian tempests: Marc-André Hamelin at Wigmore Hall

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 … Continue reading

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Fabulous, flamboyant Liszt from Khatia Buniatishvili in Paris

Khatia Buniatishvili **** Philharmonie, Paris, 7th March 2016 There are few composers for the piano as viscerally exciting as Franz Liszt and there are few pianists today who perform his music with as much visceral excitement as Khatia Buniatishvili. The … Continue reading

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Bells and decibels: Behzod Abduraimov at Wigmore Hall

Schubert/Liszt/Mussorgsky: Behzod Abduraimov *** Uzbek pianist Behzod Abduraimov is one of today’s young tigers of the piano, celebrated for tearing up the keyboard in ferociously difficult Prokofiev and Rachmaninov concertos. In this solo recital at Wigmore Hall, his claws were certainly evident … Continue reading

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