16th Singapore International Piano Festival — Day 4/4

Sunday, 28th June 2009

Yevgeny Sudbin

Scarlatti

  • Sonata in F minor, K. 466
  • Sonata in G major, K. 455

Haydn

  • Sonata in E minor, XVI:34

Chopin

  • Mazurka No. 3 in F minor, Op. 7
  • Mazurka No. 4 in B-flat minor, Op. 24
  • Mazurka No. 2 in D major, Op. 33
  • Mazurka No. 4 in B minor , Op. 33

Medtner

  • Fairy Tale No. 1 in E-flat major, Op. 26 Allegretto frescamente
  • Fairy Tale No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 20 Allegro con espressione

Prokofiev

  • Sonata No. 7 in B-flat major

Technically very sound. Incredibly clean articulation and very accurate.

Musically, not completely satisfying. The Scarlatti was awesome. Haydn has never turned me on, so I’ll pass on that.

As for the Chopin Mazurkas, I wonder if there is a modern Chopin revisionism going on. Every visiting pianist I’ve heard in the last year plays Chopin much straighter than say, Horowitz, Rubinstein, or Arrau. Much less rubato than the old masters, and less dynamic range.

I am unfamiliar with Medtner’s music.

The Prokofiev was pretty good, if lacking a little in tension. Not my cup of tea (at least not yet).

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