|Cromer Music Evenings|
27th APRIL 2014
KAUSIKAN RAJESHKUMAR - PIANO|
For the last concert of the 2013/14 series, Cromer Music Evenings were successful in inviting this young pianist to return to Templewood, influenced by the exceptional artistry of his playing and who, in a short career has already been awarded many prizes, being also in great demand in the UK and abroad.
Today Kausikanís performance of his programme made it very clear as to why, it is predicted, that his future career as a concert pianist will be extremely promising, in that he will be capable in fulfilling expectations in the competitive arena of his choice.
Bachís English Suite No 5 in E minor, BMV 810 consisting of a prelude and five dances. The complex Prelude more in the style of a fugue was performed with a striking confidence, graduating into diverse interpretations of each of the five dances, ranging from brightness to the melancholy of the Sarabande, finishing with a powerful Gigue.
Sonata in E major, op 109 by Beethoven written in his last years of life when he was almost deaf, the 3rd movement mirrored Bachís Goldberg Variations. Here the beautiful Andante molto cantabile being performed with such sincere and intense musicality was awe inspiring.
Scriabinís Sonata No 2 op 19. It is said that this Russian composer converted sounds into colours which certainly produced a kaleidoscope of musical colours in both the Andante and the Presto movements, creating mystical flourishes over the whole key board, with tone gradations from pianissimo to double forte controlled and performed with ultimate passion.
Chopinís Barcarolle op 60, Nocturne in E flat major, op 55 No 2 and Ballade No 4 in F minor, op 52 played with such a subtle approach to each piece, especially in the Ballade which was the last Ballade Chopin wrote.
After prolonged applause this young artist played a Mazurka by Chopin which seemed to bring to an end the concert in a simplistic way, as this Polish dance, one of many by Chopin, was in complete contrast to the complex writings of Scriabin.
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