COMMAND AND PANACHE
Russian pianist Rustem Kudoyarov,
heard by Mary Isaac
gave pleasure and joy with his art of extrovert performing (on Sunday
evening 14 November 2010) at London's Wigmore
arrested the attention with dark-sounding chords in low register over the
notes BACH: Fantasia and Fugue on
the Theme B-A-C-H by Franz
Liszt. Certainly Kudoyarov created a colossal imaginative effect that
engaged the listeners.
This was followed by
Robert Schumann's Exercises in the
Form of Free Variations on a Theme by Beethoven. These Seven
Studies based on a theme in the form of variations from Beethoven's
Seventh Symphony (second movement) were played with great sensitivity. An
innate sense of style and a keen imagination were strongly in evidence in
this performance. It made this listener think and meditate.
Coming to Beethoven:
the Piano Sonata in F minor Op 57, 'Appassionata'. Rustem Kudoyarov
started playing with even more fervour. One could feel and see
Beethoven's character 'with the massive jaws firmly set, the upturned eyes,
the visage lined by suffering'. A mighty dramatic performance. Kudoyarov
gave, towards the end of the sonata, a very welcoming voice of
deliverance. 'The spirit has freed itself.'
After the interval,
we heard two Russian composers: Scriabin and Prokofiev.
During the Fantasy
in B minor Op 28 by Alexander Scriabin, a mystical impressive atmosphere
was created. The native Russian pianist, Rustem Kudoyarov led the
listener into a new musical language with his artistic intuition; a wide
range of keyboard colour and an impressively powerful technical command
Listening to Prokofiev,
four selected pieces from Op 12: March, Gavotte, Prelude and Scherzo,
were played in such a manner that one could hear a percussive style
blended with lyrical elements.
Finally Sonata No 7
Op 83 in B flat, in which Rustem Kudoyarov shaped an impression of
tensions and aspirations of the time. The powerful dynamism and the
precipitous rhythmic sweep of the first movement re-create emotional
disturbances. Rustem Kudoyarov took the audience into each individual composer's
life with fascinating characterization and effortless virtuosity.
applauded enthusiastically, and Rustem Kudoyarov closed his recital with
© 18 November 2010 Mary Isaac,