REVIEW / CONCERT
INTERNATIONAL PIANO ISLAND FESTIVAL
Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre
Tuesday and Thursday
A brand new piano pageant has emerged in Singapore.
Founded by Singaporean pianist Wang Congyu, the week-long event included a contest for youth, masterclasses, in addition to lectures and piano recitals by members of its worldwide college.
There couldn’t have been a extra diversified programme than Thursday night time’s providing by younger Portuguese pianist Vasco Dantas.
Opening with Schumann’s Scenes Of Childhood and shutting with Mussorgsky’s Pictures At An Exhibition, this was a recital of contrasts – from arch simplicity to a vivid play of unique and, typically, disturbing visions.
He possesses the method and endurance to grasp the sprawl of those canvasses, and the creativeness and palette to color and characterise every of the 28 brief items inside.
In between, Liszt pupil Vianna da Motta’s delightfully rustic Portuguese Scenes and the fearsome Guido Agosti transcription of three actions from Stravinsky’s The Firebird offered additional scrumptious piques for the ears.
A standing ovation from the viewers was a simply consequence. Tagged on like encores had been Gershwin’s Three Preludes, teasing with rhythm and blues, and Dantas’ improvisation on the hit tune, I Got Rhythm, with motifs from Jingle Bells cheekily inserted.
Earlier within the night, Michael Bulychev-Okser (Russia/the United States) held a lecture-recital that centred on the artwork of transcription.
The Bach-Busoni chorale prelude Ich Ruf Zu Dir, Herr Jesu Christ, Glinka-Balakirev The Lark and Kreisler-Rachmaninov Liebesleid had been acquainted sufficient, but it surely was his choice of rarities that stood out.
Eduard Schutt’s transcription of Brahms’ Lullaby was a showpiece assured to maintain infants (and audiences) awake.
The lilt of Tirindelli-Liszt’s Mazurka No. 2 was merely disarming, whereas Arensky-Siloti’s At The Fountain shimmered brilliantly via the underlying melancholy.
Two Earl Wild etudes on Gershwin songs (Someone Like You and The Man I Love) and Rachmaninov’s coruscating Floods Of Spring sealed a very pleasant virtuoso showcase.
Held on Tuesday night was a four-hands recital by a Singapore-based husband-and-wife duo of Nicholas Ong (Malaysia) and Kim Bo Kyung (South Korea).
Debussy’s sleek four-movement Petite Suite conjured visions of the Belle Epoque – from the light lilt of En Bateau (Sailing) to the ultimate Ballet’s exuberance.
These paradigms of gentility had been quickly trumped by the waltzing tritones and dancing skeletons of Saint-Saens’ Danse Macabre, a witty celebration of issues that go bump within the night time.
On his personal, Ong gave a scintillating studying of Schumann’s Allegro In B Major (Op. eight), a rarity in recitals just because it’s so troublesome to play.
The duo resumed within the second half with Six Morceaux (Op. 11) by Rachmaninov, diversified brief works that included a barcarolle, scherzo, waltz, romance, Russian tune and tsarist anthem.
The interactive rigidity, delicate interaction and impeccable musicianship displayed are the explanation why dwell efficiency will all the time be extra thrilling than any reproduced recording.
There might be competitors performances and recitals until the closing night on Monday.