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Alexander Panfilov

Carole Nash Recital Room, RNCM

14 January 2014

Alexander Panfilov

Alexander Panfilov

On this performance, Alexander Panfilov is a pianist of proficiency and power who possesses, as well, a rare, wholly unexpected delicacy of touch.

The first piece, Bach’s Partita No 1 in B flat major, showed the excellence of his technique.  However, it was his performance of the works following, Schumann’s Etudes Symphoniques and Pictures at an Exhibition by Mussorgsky, the latter coming after the interval, that gave an indication of his full, formidable range.  And in the midst of this, as intimated, there was a nuance and a delicacy that was often startling.

Panfilov was generous with his gifts: three encores followed.  He is aptly named as well, I feel: a pianist who is destined to conquer worlds.