Programme Victor Braojos:
Enrique Granados (Lleida 1867–English Channel 1916)
Quejas o la maja y el ruiseñor [from Goyescas]
Ludwig v. Beethoven (Bonn 1770 – Vienna 1827)
Sonata nº32 Op. 111 in C minor
Maestoso – Allegro con brio ed appassionato
Arietta: Adagio molto semplice e cantabile
Programme Nikita Lukinov:
Scriabin (1872-1915), Valse op.38
Tchaikovsky (1840-1893), Scherzo-fantasie, Vivace assai
Prokofiev (1891-1953), Sonata 7 op.83 “Stalingrad”
I – Allegro inquieto (in B♭ major)
II – Andante caloroso (in E major)
III – Precipitato (in B♭ major)
Programme Sofiia Matviienko:
Homo Ludens, a piece by the Ukrainian composer Volodymir Runchak,
Evening concert, St James’s Church, Sussex Gardens, Paddington W2 3UD –
Refined Beethoven Scintillating Prokofiev and atmospheric Ukrainian composer Runchak was on the menu with artists from Canan Maxton’s Talented Unlimited team at St James’s in Lancaster Gate.
The delicacy and kaleidoscopic colour that Víctor Braojos brought to Granados’s Maiden and the Nightingale set the atmosphere that was to remain for the entire concert.His performance of Beethoven’s last piano sonata had authority and weight and the magic of the trills at the end of this great last journey that Beethoven makes had been ignited by the delicacy of Granados’s enchanted nightingale.
Here though in Beethoven they had a different significance as the Arietta traversed a lifetime journey before reaching the paradise that awaits.
A profound sense of stillness and beauty were revealed by this young Catalan pianist whose new recording ‘Shreds of life’ have ignited in him the maturity and authority of a true artist.
The stage was set for Nikita Lukinov with a completely different palette of colours as he embellished Tchaikowsky’s richly embroidered Scherzo Fantasie with scintillating streams of notes that poured so effortlessly from his hands.
The charm and grace that he brought to Scriabin’s Valse op 38 was of another age with such subtle colours that ignited this salon concert waltz as the great pianists of the Golden Age must have done.
The luminosity of sound with the Allegro inquieto of Prokofiev’s 7th Sonata was refreshingly unexpected and was just the start of a long journey of remarkable colours that this young Russian extracted from the piano inbetween bursts of unrelenting rhythmic energy.Sumptuous rich sounds in the Andante Caloroso were contrasted with the absolute clarity of the precipitato that Nikita brought to red hot boiling point with transcendental virtuosity.
It seemed a strange choice to close a concert of such major masterpieces for the piano with solo flute.
The surprise of the evening was the ravishing performance by Sofia Matviienko of Homo Ludens by a fellow Ukrainian.
Some remarkable colours in which she not only blew into the flute but she also caressed it and even sang into it as this single instrument became a world of atmospheric sounds and indeed the cherry on the cake of a remarkable concert