Mei Yi Foo at St Mary’s Perivale.

Mei Yi Foo at St Mary’s Perivale
Wonderful summers day for Mei Yi Foo`s recital at St Mary the Virgin ,Perivale in Hugh Mathers remarkable new Tuesday series.
An interesting programme of Schubert .Couperin,Gubaldulina,Bartok and Messiaen.
Beautiful church with a good acoustic in the middle of Ealing Golf Course, where just before the beginning of the concert they had decided to mow the green .
Our master of ceremony,Hugh Mather disappeared outside and managed to calm the rather noisy lawn mower so we could fully appreciate the exquisite,musicianly playing of Mei Yi Foo.
Three of the op 90 Impromptus D.899 strangely played with the score but with a fresh musicality and sensitivity that these well known pieces were brought to life as if for the first time.
Presenting the concert Mei Yi pointed out the interesting juxtaposition in her choice of combining Couperin ,Gubaldulina ,Bartok and Messiaen ,that followed the Schubert.
Some exquisite sounds in the Night Music from the Suite Out of Doors by Bartok and a truly savage performance of Regard de l’Esprit de joie by Messiaen.
A tour de force of piano playing , finding some truly extraordinary colours in this very difficult piece.
The Tic- Toc Choc by Couperin was partnered with a little piece by Sofia Gubaldulina to show the similarity in spirit although a different musical language.
Much look forward to hearing Mei Yi in Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto with the Philharmonia in London later this season .
It is four or five years since Mei Yi played in L’Aquila where the Keyboard Charitable Trust was invited by Guido Barbieri ,of the renowned Societa’ dei Concerti to bring three young pianists,from three different nations to play and talk about their careers and experience,L’Aquila had suffered a most serious earthquake and this culturally very important city had been reduced to a ghost town with the buildings that were left standing propped up by metal supports whilst awaiting restoration . Rubinstein was an honorary citizen and played every season as did many other famous artist .
The restoration is still only partially under way and it is now that the supports too are crumbling.
Another earthquake recently in the nearby town of Amatrice has shaken once again the hardy people of this region of Italy just sixty miles from Rome.
The city of Trento had given to the people of L’Aquila a new concert hall,designed by Renzo Piano (Shard/London and Parco della Music /Rome) and the offer of Claudio Abbado to give the first concert .
Just outside the gates to the city it was an ideal place for our young musicians to come and give the hope and strength that is to be found only in music and culture , to the beleaguered people of L’Aquila.
Three young musicians Pablo Rossi,Mei Yi Foo and Vitaly Pisarenko were the much appreciated artists who filled the people of this shaken city with hope for the future, if only momentarily.
Carlo Grante the very fine pianist born in L’Aquila was with us too visiting his mother ,one of the many inhabitants who ,because of this tragedy had been rehoused ,momentarily it was supposed, in our Hotel .
All three artists are to be heard in Hugh Mathers remarkable series in this charming little church in Perivale on Tuesday afternoons at 2 o’clock . Some of the finest young pianist of their generation and not to be missed by anyone interested in hearing the stars of tomorrow. +5


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