Mature Young Russians, and a High-Wire Act
#1 Dec 14, 2009
Italy must be proud about this pianist.
From "The Guardian" (6 November 2009)
by Andrew Clements
As other contenders fall by the wayside, Alexander Romanovsky is the latest pianist to be hailed as the true heir to the great Russian tradition. Born in Ukraine in 1984, Romanovsky was something of a child prodigy, studying in Italy and at the Royal College of Music in London, and winning the prestigious Busoni competition at the age of 17. Now he has been signed to an exclusive contract by Decca; these two discs are the first products of that new partnership, and first impressions are very positive. Romanovsky's account of the Schumann Symphonic Etudes is immensely thoughtful, and remains shapely even with his inclusion of the five "posthumous" variations. He finds much more than just wham-bam virtuosity in the Brahms Paganini Variations, too. But it's the disc of Rachmaninov that really stamps him out as a special talent. The nine Etudes-Tableaux all have a wonderful sense of poise and poetic integrity, whatever technical demands they make, while the Corelli Variations are sustained in a single sweep. This is very controlled, impressive piano playing.
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