The latest concert report for Show Me Something Interesting concerns a young pianist called Alexei Grynyunk (pictured left). Of British-Ukranian origin, Alexei has appeared in many of the world's most prestegious concert halls, including Show Me Something Interesting's personal favourite: the Wigmore Hall.
Alexei manages to combine technical brilliance with real emotional understanding of the pieces he performs, and his flair and involvement are clear for anyone to see, yet what fascinated me most about this artist was his humility. When receiving his applause, he semed less at ease than when he was at the piano performing. Nevertheless, it was refreshing to see a performer and artist of such skill be so humble and human.
The concert itself was part of the Chopin bi-centenery, and the first half contained six pieces from the great pianist-composer. My favourites were the nocturne in C# minor, and the 'Heroic'. After this came the 'Appassionata' from Beethoven, and finally the Hungarian Rhapsody no 2 by Liszt, all of which were played exquisitely.
The links below to the various pieces from the concert do not all have Alexei playing them, but are there to showcase the music. I hope you enjoy them.
Full concert listing:
Polonaise in C# minor. Op 26 no 1
Nocturne in F. Op 15 no 1
Variations on a German Air in E major ('Der Schweizerbub')
Three Mazurkas. Op 59
Nocturne in C# minor. Op 27 no 1
Polonaise in Ab 'Heroic'. Op 53
'Appassionata' Sonata no 23 in F minor. Op 57 (Part 1)
'Appassionata' Sonata no 23 in F minor. Op 57 (Part 2)
'Appassionata' Sonata no 23 in F minor. Op 57 (Part 3)
Petrarch Sonata no 104 - Hungarian Rhapsody no 2
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