Friday, 20 May 2022

Singing melodies and rapid-fire showmanship from Alexei Grynyuk in Brighton

1pm, Thursday 19 May, 2022 

Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847): Variations Sérieuses in D minor, Op. 54

Franz Schubert (1797-1828): Four Impromptus, D899

Franz Liszt (1811-1886): LitanieS562/1, piano transcr. from Schubert's Am Tage Aller Seelen, D343

Franz Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 9 in E flat major 'Carnival in Pest', S244/9

'From his opening prayerful statement of the theme onwards, he ensured the melody sang through at all times'.

'Grynyuk opened the C minor with a captivating pianissimo, and the dynamic contrasts here were arresting'.

'Grynyuk’s warm tone made the lyrical melody sing out of the rich texture'.

'Grynyuk also took great delight in the jaunty rhythms and cheeky ornamentation as each melody was introduced – I’m sure there was a twinkle in his eye once or twice – before the fireworks took over each time'.

Read my full review on Bachtrack here.

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