Friday, November 12, 2004

Piano Music

This evening I went to the Classical Concert Series at the UTMB (University of Texas Medical Branch). Tonight was piano music played by the Russian pianist Zoya Shuhatovich. She is a great pianist. She has a light touch and a nice tone.

On the concert was the Sonata in A Major, K. 331 by Mozart.
Not much to say. It is Mozart. Good background music.

Arabesque, op. 18 by R. Schumann.
A lot of noodling. No real direction in the piece.

Polonaise-Fantasia, op. 61 by Chopin.
A Chopin piece I had not heard before. There is a reason why.

I mainly came to the concert to make some community contacts, hear a good musician and to here Pictures. I have heard Pictures at an Exhibition by Mussorgsky played on a piano from a recording but I had never heard it live. I like the way she played it. I still prefer the orchestrated version by Ravel. It is much fuller and larger sounding that the composer probably had in his head that the piano does not achieve as well as the orchestra does.

It was good concert.

Posted by Eric at November 12, 2004 11:50 PM