Vive la France …..Brocal and Bavouzet in London
Julien Brocal at the Chopin Society London.
A real French infusion today .
Julien for Lady Rose and Jean- Efflam at Wigmore.
Some wonderful clear luminous playing from both.
Also an overlap of waves from Miroirs.
Julien Brocal at Westminster Hall at 16.30 on Sunday afternoon for the The Chopin Society UK
I first heard Julien Brocal in Monza when I was on the jury of the Rina Sala Gallo International Piano Competition-I do not accept invitations to judge my betters but on this occasion my dearest friend Constance Channon-Douglass was too ill to be present and asked me to step in for her.
She has since passed on to a better life with her beloved husband Cesare and her adored Shura and many many other friends who loved her joie de vivre,intelligence and warmth.
A young french pianist played an extraordinary Schumann Carnaval in one of the rounds and although he did not make the final I had noted his quite exceptional artistry.
He asked me what advice I could give him but it was Maria Jose Pires who answered that by taking him under her wing and sharing the concert platform with him in her ever generous way.
I heard them play Mozart Double together in Oxford and I went back to thank her for all that she was doing to help these remarkably talented young pianists reach a public and start a career.
She said that it was she that should thank them for all that they gave her with their youthful enthusiasm and dedication!
I bought his first CD on line and when he found out that it was me he wrote this beautiful inscription.
So pleased he is doing well….but I did tell you so!!!!!
The beautiful red and gold background here is the bedspread that I bought with the fee they very generously gave me in Monza for having such a wonderful time…….so all is well that ends well ……..sweet dreams indeed!
Wonderful cantabile sound from Julien and very beautiful Mompou Variations on Chopin op 28 n.7.
Superb Chopin Nocturnes op 15 too, even if rather fast the G minor n.3 .
His wonderful Miroirs have been encapsulated for posterity on his new CD (see below.)
Raindrop as an encore where you could have heard a pin drop.
The moments of silence at the end spoke much louder than any applause.
Jean- Efflam’s amusing and informed introduction to Boulez Notations was a revelation.I will Always remind myself of the signposts when taking up the driving seat in foreign parts!
Magical Jeux d’eau.
The same clarity of Julien in the two Miroirs offered – Une Barque sur l’ocean and Alborada del gracioso.
An astonishing op 14 Schumann …..which is on on his new CD in the Horowitz edition to whom he played it.
A quite extraordinarily rhythmic performance of Prokofiev’s 3rd Sonata .
With a clockwork precision that Ravel would have much admired.Allied to a great sense of colour and above all a clarity and sense of direction.
Feux d’Artifice was the encore.
La Marseillaise a mere vision in the distance!
Vive la France indeed.