The “Grand” piano of Dinara Klinton

A truly “Grand”piano from Dinara Klinton at the Wigmore Hall tonight for the Musicians`Company Concerts . Affectionately known by her collegues as Miss Feux Follets for her performances of one of the most difficult piano pieces that has astounded all that have heard it. It had the great pianist Emanuel Ax in a fit of laughter in his Masterclass at the RCM some months ago. Incredulous laughter from one if the worlds finest pianists ,no greater compliment is possible. But Dinara is,much more than that as her performance of five of Liszt’s Transcendental Studies ,two Scarlatti Sonatas and Prokofiev Sarcasms showed. Rarely has the Wigmore Steinway sounded so “Grand”. Maybe not since Raymond Lewenthals marathon Liszt/Alkan recitals in the 60`s have we been treated to such a sumptuous sound . Truly a grandioso piano sound so rare these days. But not only because of the phenomenal dexterity of this young artist but because there is much more besides as we were made gloriously aware of in the slow Paysage study.Or the beauty of sound and colour in the Scarlatti sonatas. Maybe the same rhythmic energy as in the more dextrous pieces was slightly missing in Paysage but the glorious sound more than made up for it and was obviously as the artist intended. Amazing performances of Mazeppa and of course Feux Follets will have me searching for her new CD of the complete Transcendental Studies. Prokofiev Sarcasms showed of all her vast range of sound and tone colour and the rhythmic energy had me running for the door at the end to avoid the beautiful flute and piano duo with which she incredibly shared the platform but had no place here. Some very fine duo playing from a composer pianist,Pavel Timofeyevsky, who seemed to be improvising he was so into the music and a very fine flautist,Anna Lugovkina, but unfortunately Dinara,a real lion of the keyboard just swept all others aside on this occasion


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