Viewers rallies to assist Ukrainian pianist

Alexei Botinov… bringing out a depth and readability within the music that was breathtaking.

Music / “From Ukraine With Love”,  Alexey Botvinov, pianist. At The B, Queanbeyan, September 21.  Reviewed by LEN POWER.

IN a present of solidarity for the folks of war-torn Ukraine, The B in Queanbeyan was virtually full for a unprecedented live performance of deeply romantic music by Ukrainian pianist Alexey Botvinov.

Thought to be a number one specialist within the music of Rachmaninov, he’s additionally president and inventive director of the Odessa Classics worldwide music festivals, which have been held in cities outdoors Ukraine for the primary time this 12 months.

Since Russian forces invaded Ukraine, he has carried out throughout Europe, elevating €1.5 million for his nation to date.  Though from Odessa, he’s presently residing in exile in Zurich, Switzerland. The proceeds from the live performance will probably be used to assist the artist and his household in Ukraine.

Launched by Odessa-born entrepreneur Vladimir Fanshil, whose firm Dwell At Yours has funded the Australian tour, Botvinov introduced as a quietly pleasant, unassuming form of bloke with a heat smile.  When he started enjoying the piano, you rapidly realised that this was no atypical man. He was clearly a grasp of the instrument and an excellent artist and performer.

Commencing with three intermezzi by Johannes Brahms, Botvinov then performed two well-known nocturnes by Frédéric Chopin. He adopted this with “Ave Maria” by considered one of his favorite Ukrainian composers, Alemdar Karamanov.

All have been superbly performed, however it was the ultimate merchandise on this system that actually confirmed what a unprecedented performer he’s.  Rachmaninov’s Sonata No. 2 is taken into account notoriously troublesome to play however Botvinov gave a towering efficiency of the work, bringing out a depth and readability within the music that was breathtaking.

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For an encore, he performed the attractive “Melody” by Ukraine’s Myroslav Skorik after which delighted the viewers with an surprising second encore. His enjoying of Rachmaninov’s “Prelude in C minor” was thrilling and an ideal finish to this memorable live performance.


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Ian Meikle, editor