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https://wigmore-hall.org.uk/watch-listen/live-stream

Just started: Hyeyoon Park & Benjamin Grosvenor playing Szymanowski's Mythes and Franck's Violin Sonata.

If you've never heard the Mythes before, it's a magical shimmering piece of expressionism, well worth your acquaintance.

Incidentally when the pair were interviewed yesterday on BBC Radio 3's In Tune program, they chose the fabulous Kaja Danczowska & Krystian Zimerman's Szymanowski (whose recording is identical to today's pair).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M2fxtQEgDv8&feature=emb_logo


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Thanks for the tip bennevis...I just finished listening to it. I've been a fan of Szymanowski for years...but must confess to not having ventured outside of his solo piano and orchestral works. (the pianist for Szymanowski's complete piano works that I have on CD is, like the violinist on this program, from South Korea -- Sinae Lee). The Mythes was excellent! And of course, who doesn't love the Franck violin sonata? Great recital!

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I think it's already finished.
I searched for the Mythes. Most people put a heavy vibrato on the first note and that does sound pretty bad to me. But I found this one that I like



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The current YT link (I hope):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M2fxtQEgDv8&list=RDM2fxtQEgDv8

These two works are utterly dependent on a highly attuned duo of real virtuosi for maximum impact.

Grosvenor's spare pedaling in the tempestuous second movement of the Franck, coupled with complete control of the textures and dynamics (reminiscent of Zimerman in his recording) - and the complete security of his technique - is truly wonderful. So often, one hears a lot of bluster here because the pianist is unable to keep his dynamics suppressed while playing a lot of notes at high speed, and the important melodic notes that mirror the violinist's get submerged, but not here.

In the Szymanowski, the pianist has to provide the shimmering background for the violinist to soar, and is really a violet in this work, but certainly not a shrinking one. Again, Grosvenor (and Zimerman in his recording) is truly marvellous.


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Thanks again for an extraordinary performance and for leading me to the Szymanowski, which I did not know before now. Grosvenor is a great pianist...one of my favorites. Such control!


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It was a memorable recital. This duo is so captivating and in control of the musical line and displaying quicksilver virtuosity. The Franck was wonderfully played, the dense textures made clear and cleanly by Grosvenor's playing and judicious use of pedaling, and Hyeyoon was so masterful in the Szymanowski. Repeated listenings are definitely in order. Their encore was spellbinding -- Schumann's "Abenlied" arranged for violin and piano, simple and touching in its intimacy.


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