Andrean Lazarov, Eathorpe village hall, February 9.
CELEBRATING ten years since the big rebuild, Eathorpe village hall invited the Bulgarian piano soloist to pay a return visit.
Offering an evening of piano works from the classical period, Lazarov took some by surprise by beginning with pieces by the prodigy Russian pianist, Scriabin, composed long after the classical period. To be fair, the works show a strong feeling for classical forms and extreme chromaticism.
Lazarov shows a great fondness for works by Russian composers – his performance of Rachmaninov’s Prelude and Polichinelle Opus 3 very much the highlight of a remarkable performance full of profound interpretations, a brilliant showpiece (Chopin’s Scherzo No 3) with warm and communicative playing.
If Chopin’s Scherzo was the showpiece, then Haydn’s Sonata No 62 was another chance for Lazarov to excel, most particularly in the finale presto.
An evening of piano works from the classical period would be incomplete without a contribution by Beethoven. Of his 32 sonatas, Lazarov chose Pathétique Opus 13, notable for the moving and elegant adagio cantabile.
With his sometimes heavy touch, the Yamaha came off second best, but the playing was unhackneyed and an enthusiastic audience warmed to his engaging manner.
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