Публикация о конкурсе Piano | Gustav Alink, 29 June

  • Автор темы Мария Холкина
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Мария Холкина


Alexander Romanovsky looks very serious. Maybe a little nervous, but definitely serious. He is in the finals of the piano competition and there is a lot at stake. The first prize in this Tchaikovsky Competition is not only 20,000 Euro; a victory here, at one of the world's most prestigious music competitions, will bring fame and significant international concert engagements. Even though many of the participants have already won other competitions, winning the Tchaikovsky will still make quite a difference; it will put you in the league of illustrious prize winners, together with Van Cliburn, Ashkenazy, Krainev, Sokoloff, Pletnev ...

Romanovsky's performance of Rach3 was more impressive than his Tchaikovsky, a few days ago. I had already written quite positively about the orchestra. I should also make another note: in the performances with Romanovsky (but also with other soloists), conductor and orchestra were a bit "heavy", in the sense that it seemed difficult to move on: everything went fine, but especially at the end of the concerto, Romanovsky wanted to accelerate, but the orchestra kept the same tempo. They continued, rendering beautiful music as if they were playing a symfony. Romanovsky looked a bit annoyed and tried to make the orchestra play faster. Then, they came along and gave this concerto the outbursting climax that always excites the audience. Loud "Bravo, bravo!" was heard: a small group of Italian people from the place where Romanovsky lives, had specially come to Moscow to support him, one of them being a 84-year old priest.

After the break, it was young Korean Cho's turn to perform Tchaikovsky #1. This became a memorable performance: Cho played tremendously powerful, from beginning to end. One could say that he sets his own path, and that he communicated less with the orchestra than, say, Chernov. But at only 17, Seongjin Cho is already a great pianist. One of the Russian critics even said never having heard a better performance of this Tchaikovsky concerto, not even by Russian pianists. That is, of course, a great compliment for the young Korean performer. Interestingly, Romanovsky and Cho had played the same Steinway as Yeol Eum Son had used the day before, and it sounded much better. And so we see again that the sound does not only depend on the instrument. It is also very much the merit of the performer, to create a beautiful sound. (And also of the tuner, to facilitate it.)

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