Cristian Sandrin plays Goldberg Variations the start of a lifetime journey of discovery from Perivale to Bucharest

Thursday 19 May 3.00 pm and 9th June Radio Hall Bucharest

A voyage of discovery with the monumental Goldberg Variations.
Cristian Sandrin on his fourth outing with them(the second at St Mary’s) and in between enthralling us with his Beethoven trilogy.

This remarkable young musician is about to return to his native Romania where he has been invited to play them on the 9th June in a live broadcast performance in Bucharest.

The absolute clarity and simplicity of his performance is becoming ever more authoritative with some very subtle ornamentation that just add even more character to these extraordinary variations.
Bringing a smile to our face with the impish good humour of the 7th or captivated by the fleeting non legato of the 14th.A sudden tear in the sublime contemplation of the 15th with it sighing leaning duplets and the imperious 16th French overture call to arms at the mid way point of a journey that from here on is one big crescendo of emotion and technical intricacy to the mighty organ stops of the 29th .
‘I’ve not been with you for so long.Come closer,closer,closer.Beets and spinach drove me far away.Had my mother cooked meat,then I’d have stayed much longer’ These are the words from the two folk songs that Bach combines in his final variation the 30th ‘Quodlibet’ Who says Bach had no sense of humour or emotion .

Cristian showed us every facet of his character in a voyage of discovery that will continue for a lifetime.Refreshing and rejuvenating him for years to come as it did the High Priestess of Bach :Rosalyn Tureck

Born to a family of musicians from Bucharest, Romania, Cristian Sandrin made his solo debut at prestigious Romanian Atheneum Hall at the age of 13. After graduating the “Dinu Lipatti” Art College in Bucharest, Cristian moved to London where he studied at the Royal Academy of Music. Having graduated with First Class Honours in 2016, he is currently pursuing a postgraduate degree at the same institution. He is currently a receiver of the Piano Fellowship of the Philharmonia Orchestra’s Martin Musical Scholarship Fund 2017/2018, benefiting also from a scholarship of the Imogen Cooper Music Trust. Cristian Sandrin won numerous prizes and awards at international and national competitions. A Second Prize Winner of the Windsor International Piano Competition (2018) and Third Prize Winner of the Sheepdrove Intercollegiate Piano Competition (2018). He had his solo debut recital at the Wigmore Hall in London in September 2017. In Romania, Cristian Sandrin is a regular guest artist of the Filarmonica “Mihail Jora” Bacau, the Sibiu Sibiu Philharmonic, Ramnicu-Valcea National Philharmonic and Bucharest Symphony Orchestra. Other international engagements include performances at “La Fenice” Theatre in Venice, Theatre de la Montjoie, Salla Manuel de Falla in Madrid, Palazzo Ricci in Montepulciano, the Romanian Atheneum in Bucharest, and “Bulgaria Philharmonic Hall” in Sophia.

Cristian after his fifth outing with Bach Goldberg

Unfortunately the Youtube version of this superb recital is now unavailable because of an absurd ‘copyright infringement’ ! Very tiresome and completely barmy. It is still available on Vimeo . Apologies – the vagaries of the internet. A terrific performance this afternoon
Rosalyn Tureck with Ileana Ghione at home in Circeo

The historic return in Rome to the concert platform of Rosalyn Tureck

Philharmonia London 1959


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