St Christopher

Pavel Kolesnikov
Event 3
Saturday October 4th, 8.00pm 
Little Missenden Church

A great pianist in the making
Johann Sebastian Bach
Preludes and Fugues, BWV850, 861, 878, 889
Dmitri Shostakovich
Preludes and Fugues op87 nos 5, 9, 14
Alexander Scriabin
Vers la flamme, op72; Sonata no 4 in F sharp, op30
Ludwig van Beethoven
Sonata no 32 in C minor, op111

This is an archived event from the 2014 Programme.

Pavel Kolesnikov piano

We said "this promises to be a very special recital by an outstanding young pianist with a big future".  This has had a ringing endorsement from the BBC, who announced on 10th September that Pavel has just been appointed to their Radio Three New Generation Artist scheme.

From the commanding opening of Beethoven’s last (and arguably greatest) piano sonata through passages of massive fugal power to the achingly beautiful variations of the Arietta finale (marked ‘very slow, simple and singing’) we enter a world of radiant perfection that only this composer at his best can open up for us.

Bach loved preludes and fugues. Preludes gave free rein to his remarkable inventiveness, and fugues challenged his musical intellect. The result is enthralling.

Bach inspired Shostakovich to use the same form, and in the superb op87 set he is at his best. “This wildly diverse and imaginative work ranges in emotional expression from endless grief to the exuberant jollity of a village carnival” (Benjamin Ivry).

Scriabin’s Vers la flamme is a mysterious and luminous work. Elusively shifting rhythms and harmonies build to a shatteringly powerful and almost erotically intense prestissimo climax. Even Horowitz found it a “very difficult piece”. In the short F sharp sonata a blissfully dreamlike Andante bursts into a breathless and finally ecstatic Prestissimo volando.

Pavel Kolesnikov is a truly exceptional talent, with “that rare ability to rivet an audience from the first note” (Robert Markow, American Record Guide). Having already won 15 international prizes, he became the 2012 Prize Laureate of the prestigious Honens international piano competition - and has just become a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist.

His recent Wigmore Hall debut drew a rare five-star review from The Telegraph, and general acclaim from other critics:

“Tremendous clarity, unfailing musicality and considerable beauty” (Jessica Duchen, BBC Music Magazine)

“One of the most spellbinding pieces of piano playing I have heard in quite a long time” (Robert Beattie Seen and Heard International)