RO­MAN RABINOVICH pi­anist

BBC Music Magazine - - THE FULL SCORE -

Due to my work record­ing Haydn’s sonatas, I’ve been lis­ten­ing to a lot of his sym­phonies, string quar­tets and vo­cal works to delve into his style and fig­ure out how I want to per­form it. Haydn’s mu­sic is full of sur­prise, spir­i­tual depth and hu­mour and yet com­pletely un­pre­ten­tious. I’ve been in­spired by Sir Roger Nor­ring­ton’s ap­proach to the sym­phonies. He brings a wonderful sense of ges­ture, shape and trans­parency that brings the mu­sic to life.

I’m a big Ra­dio­head fan and I’ve en­joyed Jonny Greenwood’s mu­sic in PT An­der­son films. So when I heard that Greenwood col­lab­o­rated with an Is­raeli com­poser liv­ing in In­dia,

Shye Ben Tzur, and a band of mu­si­cians called The Ra­jasthan Express, I had to get my hands on the disc! The al­bum, Ju­nun,

is fas­ci­nat­ing. It’s a mix of In­dian devo­tional mu­sic with elec­tronic sounds and He­brew lyrics.

I’ve been study­ing Schoen­berg’s Pier­rot Lu­naire

in the last few weeks and have been lis­ten­ing to Chris­tine Schäfer’s record­ing with Pierre Boulez con­duct­ing the En­sem­ble In­ter­con­tem­po­rain. Pier­rot

is an in­cred­i­ble mu­si­cal ex­pe­ri­ence and is one of the most com­pli­cated pieces of that time. It is a chal­lenge to com­mu­ni­cate the ex­treme the­atri­cal ges­tures in a com­pre­hen­sive way, but this record­ing is so con­vinc­ing. Boulez cre­ates per­fect bal­ance, nu­ance and colour, and a clar­ity of ex­pres­sion.

Just a few days ago I came across a record­ing of a live con­cert from Ver­bier of Sergei Babayan play­ing Mozart’s Pi­ano Con­certo No. 25, with Joshua Weil­er­stein con­duct­ing the Ver­bier Fes­ti­val Orches­tra.

It’s an in­spir­ing per­for­mance. Babayan plays with such el­e­gance, spon­tane­ity and rhyth­mic crisp­ness. There was so much imag­i­na­tion and colour. Though Mozart con­cer­tos are no­to­ri­ously dif­fi­cult – the pi­anist is so ex­posed and every note mat­ters – for me, there is noth­ing in the world like this mu­sic.

Ro­man Rabinovich gives six UK con­certs in Oc­to­ber, in­clud­ing dates at the Wig­more, Usher and Glas­gow Royal con­cert halls

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