How to schedule a stay at the Verbier Festival, if you can`t remain up in the southwestern swiss alps during all three weeks, more than hundred concerts, and even more side events?
Either one tries to visit as much events as possible; or decides to focus on one aspect of the music offered. Choosing the second option, this year it shall be solo piano performances. Grigory Sokolov and Evgeny Kissin had already played solo when I arrived, as well as Daniil Trifonov.
Even his chamber music contributions were already presented. Never regret, there were still musicians announced like Joaquín Achúcarro, Sergej Babayan and Jean-Efflam Bavouzet.
Joaquin Achúcarro is now 86 years old. Still playing with more than eighty years can bring along certain limits concerning pace homogeneity and dynamical balance. Choosing a Mozart Fantasia and a Adagio to begin with, Achúcarro avoids these risks perfectly and instead displays the other attributes of a very experienced playing: his very own results of a career long pianistic examination between subjective style and tonal balance.
The same principle mostly holds for his then performed Beethoven Sonata nr. 30; although towards the end of the third set the technical limitations show up a little bit, slightly limiting the special experience of Beethovens late, visionary composing style.
The following 24 preludes by Chopin turned out the be a matching compromise. Their virtuoso parts are assessable, letting Achúcarro again presenting a maturity of interpretation reserved to pianists with more than six decades of experience. The chosen encores by Edvard Grieg and Alexander Scriabin summed up the concert in one of these rare moments of musical plaintiveness.Read More