Brilliance, bravura and detail from Ma
tinct resonances with Grieg’s piano concerto and similar demands are made here of the pianist – no background accompanying for Anna Maksymova today, she was kept very busy in the sonata which has more of an equal pairing than many.
It was interesting that after this, the piano lid was lowered for the Tchaikovsky and quite possibly should have been that way throughout the whole recital as the piano tended to overpower the cello in the Grieg when it descended at speed into its lower register.
From the outset the players established the turbulent and robust character of the Grieg.
This was bold and uncompromising playing by both performers, often fighting for supremacy in the forceful rhythmic passages but luxuriously lyrical in the central movement and quieter moments of the outer ones. Ma made light work of the sonata’s many challenges and took full advantage of the broad, sweeping gestures. This was fabulous playing.
Similarly, the Tchaikovsky also displayed brilliance, bravura and a keen attention to detail, as in the purest harmonics and the perfect intonation of the doublestopping. Ma played this from memory and hardly put a foot wrong.
All up, another stunning display from two very fine young performers.
Anna Maksymova (piano) with Maggie Ma (‘cello).