JONATHAN FERRUCCI LIVE STREAM TO WASHINGTON FROM ST MARY’S

                                                                       

 

Some exquisite playing from Jonathan Ferrucci in the live stream to Washington Arts Club thanks to the collaboration between St Mary’s Perivale and the Keyboard Charitable Trust and of course the incomparable Burnett Thompson to whom we send thanks and congratulations for this concert and for an even more special occasion on the 24th!PIanist Jonathan Ferrucci Interview with Burnett Thompson: Arts Club of Washington & Keyboard Trust

https://youtu.be/AMMN1VfhZT8

There was such an enormous demand that some problems were created  with the  Internet connection  not only here in Italy but also in East Croydon ,USA  and elsewhere.
Hopefully  it will all come clean in the wash and we look forward to a perfect recording.
And here it is thanks to St Mary’s superb technicians:
Here is what I wrote a week ago and I can only add that Jonathan gets better and better as we gradually come out of the lockdown experience without any public performances for almost four months. https://christopheraxworthymusiccommentary.wordpress.com/2020/06/30/jonathan-ferrucci-at-st-marys/
Jonathan introduced the concert with an affectionate and heartfelt thank you to  John and Noretta Conci Leech, founders of the Keyboard Trust, for supporting him in his hour of  need.
His Schumann was beautiful with all the sweep that was missing last time but with all the exquisite details in place.
His Bach is very much influenced by his mentor Angela Hewitt with absolute clarity and a musicality that is based on the song and the dance rather than the rock  of the High Priestess Rosalyn Tureck ………It was very amusing his quote that some musicians do not believe in God but all musicians believe in Bach!
It reminds me of Landowska at the London debut of Rosalyn Tureck in the Wigmore Hall :”she plays it her way – I play it Bach’s!”
Angela’s return to public performance was something to treasure in these unexpected puzzling times.
Jonathan’s sublime opening of the Fifth French suite was a marvel of pastoral composure and I am sure that if the Gods were looking in they would have approved too.The absolute clarity of the knotty twine  was a marvel in the way he managed to shape the continuous stream of sounds just as the great Florentine sculptors would have turned a block of marble into something movingly alive  and vital.
                                                                                 
I have never heard the Bartòk played with such clarity and character since Andor Foldes.The silent composure of the slow movement was a marvel of calm before the storm.And what a storm almost being ejected from the stool on the final notes
                                                                                   
An unexpected encore of a Poulenc improvisation just showed his aristocratic sense of colour and style that was so much part of the French school in the first half of the 20th century.
Sentiment but not sentimental as was the key to the whole recital.
One of the comments noted during transmission was :Exquisite!
As one might describe too his home city of Florence :Unique!
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Pianist Jonathan Ferrucci in concert

July 12, 2020: The Concert Reviews

Jonathan Ferrucci performed a program of Bach, Schumann and Bartok, livestreamed from the 12th Century St. Mary’s in Perivale to a worldwide audience. Presented by the Arts Club of Washington in partnership with the Keyboard Trust and St. Mary’s in Perivale, London.Below are reviews submitted by the attendees.

“What a pleasure to see and hear this brilliant young man playing the most beautiful classical selections, with a gusto and love connected to every movement on the Yamaha… Thanks to Caroline and her organization for producing these concerts. I have attended several at Steinway Hall in NYC. Listening to the music during quarantine soothes and heals and for the moment eases the feeling of isolation. Gratefully, ” Mari Lyn Henry New York City

“Wonderful sensitivity and great musicianship. The Bartok was interesting and Jonathan showed great mastery of a very difficult Schumann piece.” David Williamson Dedham, MA

“The excitement I felt looking forward to my friend’s performance was fulfilled by this marvelous recital! Jonathan’s exquisite technique and wonderfully expressed interpretations were completely up to his consistent standard and I am so grateful to the sponsoring organizations for making possible not only today’s and many other productions, but also the welcome, in-depth interview/ conversation with Jonathan earlier in the week. I was very disappointed, as have been many others, by the cancellation of Jonathan’s U.S. tour and our plan to meet together but, hopefully, one day! With Sincere Gratitude” Bob McCormick Somers Point, NJ

” Jonathan Ferrucci plays every note with impeccable musical depth that is finely disciplined yet richly expressive. Stylistically, he has no limits to his range of expression. He is an artist of enormous musical and technical skill who has the ability to invite us into a deeply intimate conversation, while we sit there, holding our breath, with unwavering, undivided, fully focused attention! Bravoooo!!! ” Marianne Ackerson, Bloomington, IN

” Fabulous pianist, I was especially impressed by his interpretation of the Bach French suite. When will he next be playing live (with audience present!) in London? I’ll be there. He has a great career ahead of him. a real pleasure to see and listen to. Congratulations!” Rosie Simonneau, Calais, France

” After allowing time for Jonathan Ferrucci’s piano recital at St Mary’s Perivale to be digested, and for his extraordinary musical depth and interpretation to ferment alongside his interpretive skills, l am left in considerable awe. There is a unique and natural modesty surrounding this young musician that exudes charm as well as a fineness of being. His emotional, intellectual and spiritual connectivity to the composers works we heard is really something to appreciate more and more, and in the fullness of time.” Diana Mavroleon London

“Kudos to Jonathan Ferrucci for an impressive concert. Your exquisite performance of difficult and challenging pieces showcased your talent, discipline, and sensitivities. I look forward to experiencing future concerts virtually and hopefully in person when you next perform in the US.” Henry Cox, New York City

“Some exquisite playing from Jonathan Ferrucci in the live stream to the Arts Club of Washington, thanks to the collaboration between St Mary’s Perivale and the Keyboard Charitable Trust, and of course the incomparable Burnett Thompson to whom we send thanks and congratulations for this concert and for an even more special occasion on the 24th! Jonathan introduced the concert with an affectionate and heartfelt thank you to John and Noretta Conci Leech, founders of the Keyboard Trust, for supporting him in his hour of need.

His Schumann was beautiful with all the sweep that was missing last time but with all the exquisite details in place. His Bach is very much influenced by his mentor Angela Hewitt with absolute clarity and a musicality that is based on the song and the dance rather than the rock of the High Priestess Rosalyn Tureck ………It was very amusing his quote that some musicians do not believe in God but all musicians believe in Bach! more at the blog… Christopher Axworthy, London

 

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