A Mozart Sonata played with rare style with embellishments so naturally incorporated into the simplicity of a work of such uncontaminated purity. Rachmaninov Corelli variations played with a kaleidoscopic range of sounds and a technical mastery that could shape these gems into a cohesive whole taking us on a journey of wondrous discovery. Chopin Preludes that were an example of mastery and musicianship as he turned 24 problems into a continual flow of emotions until the final triumphant explosion of Romantic fervour. Waves written by the pianist in 2011 tells the story of a pebble thrown into the water and its repercussions that end with the continual flow that it began with. A story of life itself told by the extraordinary Yuanfan Yang in a recital in Latymer Upper School. A school that has literally been reborn on a wave of music.
A school that has seen old boys such as my piano ‘daddy’ Sidney Harrison ( the first person to give piano lessons on television and teacher of Norma Fisher,Ian Hobson and generations of young musicians ).
Also the illustrious giant of the music industry the much feared Walter Legge,the husband of Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and founder of the New Philharmonia after the war,and much else besides. Sidney had opened with Ingrid Bergman in the 60’s the Polish Cultural Centre opposite.
Little could he have imagined a music faculty which can boast a roster of distinguished musicians,a recital hall and a theatre in his old Alma Mater opposite!
In fact Yuanfan before his recital gave a Masterclass in the recital hall on a very fine Steinway.
A class of young students able not only to rattle off ‘Gnomenreigen’ with consumate ease but also,like their young master,produce piano compositions of great promise.
Yuanfan of course with his superb musicianship was able to inspire these young musicians not only in his Masterclass.
Moving into the theatre next door and onto a Yamaha concert grand he astounded us all,only five minutes after his class finished, with a full recital of superb performances.
At a birthday party for six year old children one of the mothers wanted the name of Yuanfan’s teacher as she had been so impressed with the way he played his friend’s piano. His mother was astounded as he did not have a piano at home and she did not know that he could play!Neither did he evidently! Music chooses you and is indeed a vocation a wondrous ‘wave’on which the truly gifted are carried into a world in which music becomes the very meaning of life itself .
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