16th Singapore International Piano Festival — Day 1/4

At the Victoria Concert Hall.

Thursday, 25th June 2009

Vladimir Feltsman

Bach

  • Partita No. 1 in B-flat major, BWV. 825

Chopin

  • Polonaise No. 1 in C-sharp minor, Op. 26
  • Polonaise No. 2 in E-flat minor, Op. 26
  • Ballade No. 3 in A-flat major, Op. 47

Mussorgsky

  • Pictures at an Exhibition

Didn’t care for his Bach Partita nor the two Chopin Polonaises. He got going with the Chopin Ballade, and fired up more with Pictures. I like his tone — rounded and robust. Reminds me of Claudio Arrau, but with less articulation.

Feltsman played two encores. I didn’t recognize the first one (which isn’t surprising given my rather meagre knowledge of repertoire). The second encore was Chopin’s Waltz in C-sharp minor, Op. 64, No. 2.

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One response

  1. Er, for a moment I thought he was playing anime or new age for his first encore. For the Ballade, although he made more mistakes than my 21 yr old friend but I like his interpretation of the works overall.

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