Live at Honens 2012
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Pavel Kolesnikov: Live at Honens 2012
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Ten pianists, aged 20 to 30, were invited to Calgary, Canada in Oct '12 to take part in the 7th Honens International Piano Competition Semifinals. Five contestants advanced to the Final Round for performances with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra led by Minczuk. Kolesnikov was ultimately chosen as the Honens Prize Laureate, and received a $100,000 cash award and an artistic and career development program valued at a half million dollars. This recording features highlights of Kolesnikov's performances.
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The main characteristic of Kolesnikov's playing is his intense lyricism. This is particularly in evidence in really marvelous, evocative performances of the Chopin's Third Sonata and Schumann's Kinderszenen. The recital opens with Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata and although it is a perfectly respectable performance, it doesn't say anything especially new or revealing, and there are some rather gauche moments. But the Chopin and Schumann are really worthy of attention.
In the Tchaikovsky, on the second disc, Kolesnikov demonstrates that he is capable of heroic playing as well, but the performance does not rise above any of a large number of other earlier recordings by other artists. The Calgary Philharmonic sounds like a middling regional orchestra in this performance. The Mendelssohn is, however, quite nice. I had not known the playing of Moser, but he is a marvelous cellist. He and Kolesnikov are in complete sync technically and musically.