Vyacheslav Gryaznov recital on 30 Mar 2019
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: Vyacheslav Gryaznov is a true child of the Russian Piano school and its musical traditions, and this is what he showed the public during the last edition of PIANO achter Het Gravensteen.
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Gryaznov’s education mostly took place in Moscow. After that he spread his musical wings over the other continents. His style,the fire behind it, and his choice in programming went exactly the same way. He began the recital with the Twelve Transcendental Etudes S.139 of Franz Liszt(1811-1886). It is not common anymore that a pianist dares to play them all twelve, but actually they are all linked. They were dedicated to Carl Czerny (1791-1857), known for his various exercises. That is the very reason why this composition is so complex. Gryaznov began with full energy, which scared a bit. But everything went right. He kept his same inspiring pace during the whole journey. And this during over an hour, and in style.
After the break, he showed the best of himself by presenting his own specialty; arrangements of
pieces by Russian composers. He took his own identity, the pride behind it, and made it even more personal. Borodin, Tsjaikovski, Rachmaninov and Glinka all got a touch of Gryaznov. It was very special to see how focused he did this. It was like a well controlled and perfectly organized storm, that made sense in every detail. Especially Tchaikovsky’s Flower Waltz colored the
venue. The little piece of Grieg at the very and had the same result.
So, you are a music freak, especially when it comes to piano? Then this is the pianist who can fill
up your evenings in an unstoppable way.