Carole Nash Recital Room, RNCM
29 January 2014
A pianist who seemed utterly relaxed throughout, even while tackling the explosive Firebird at the close.
Agosti’s arrangement for piano of Stravinsky’s pyrotechnic masterpiece sounded like an army of instruments still, its bold, lurid colours conjuring flaming visions in a night sky.
By that time we had already heard Liszt’s arrangement of various Schubert lieder followed by Schubert’s own Piano Sonata in G major and Debussy’s evocative Images, Books 1 and 2. These works were technically demanding, yes, yet as well grand affairs all, works where a listener can lose himself and a musician can give something, much, of his own.
Denis Zhdanov did not disappoint.