Recital by Andrzej Wierciński at St. Mary's Church, Perivale, Greater London on 1st December 2022

St. Mary's Church, Perivale, around 1860 Andrzej Wierciński  As the years pass it is always a great pleasure to witness the development of an artist. There are many fine, young Polish pianists but few that flower in the convincing musical manner of a summer bloom as Andrzej Wierciński. He gave an outstanding recital in St. Mary's Church, in west London. This intimate church, now one of the most important concert venues in London, is set in the picturesque rural surroundings of Perivale, a small town in the Borough of Ealing. It is reputed to have one of the fest acoustics in the capital. Domenico Scarlatti  Sonata in F minor K 466 The refined discrimination of this pianist was clear from the outset when he chose to open his recital with one of the seductive,  cantabile  sonatas  of Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757). This sonata K 466 was particularly suitable for the modern piano.  It is highly likely Scarlatti conceived it for one of the five recently invented Cristofori instrum

Grigory Sokolov Recital - Warsaw 27th November 2022 - "Cease, anxious world, your fruitless pain" (1687) Song by Henry Purcell

"Cease, anxious world, your fruitless pain" (1687) Henry Purcell Song Z 362 I f one was fortunate enough to be present at the recent Warsaw recital by the great pianist Grigory Sokolov , one is taken unresisting through deep valleys and alpine pastures of music. It is an inspired voyage within a timeless musical landscape of immense variety and scope.   Tonight we passed through two centuries of musical inspiration of the highest order and guidance.   Certainly historically we are presently in dire need of reminders of the creative and beautiful rather than the destructive, brutal and ugly in human nature. We need daily to summon up the courage required to face current human adversities of many types and complexions, most of them deeply tragic.  The recital was therapeutic and uplifting in its way. His playing expresses the deepest humanism, creativity and maturity in conceiving an appropriate profundity of musical interpretation, a direct metaphysical connection to th

A fond birthday memory of Krzysztof Penderecki Born: November 23, 1933, Dębica Died: March 29, 2020, Kraków

Krzysztof Penderecki and the conductor Jacek Kasprzyk Today is a celebration of the birth of the great Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki I can unfortunately only poorly imagine the sublime work he might have dedicated to the horrors perpetrated at present in Ukraine, given his profound feelings concerning Hiroshima. Well, his memory and more importantly, his monumental musical legacy, remains with us. As he has now joined the grand pantheon of Chopin, Szymanowski, Paderewski and Lutoslawski, the most fitting tribute I can pay to this Polish musical institution and fearless contemporary world composer, is to post below once again my detailed review of the  Penderecki Festival 16-23 November 2018   also This evening on Polish Radio 2 (Dwojka) and streamed online at 1900  Róża Światczyńska presents: A broadcast from the Grand Theatre - National Opera - Warsaw Concert on the 89th anniversary of Krzysztof Penderecki's birth  Krzysztof Penderecki  A sea of ​​dreams blew over me… Songs