Alexander Gavrylyuk

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WHAT IS IT ABOUT?

His recital begins with an imposing piano transcription of Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D Minor; next he offers Haydn's B Minor Sonata, which mingles pure Classical lines with shadowy, mysterious atmospheres, and the first half finishes with a sprinkling of Chopin. The second half is devoted to the music of some great Russian composers. First, Prokofiev's short and little known third sonata and then Rachmaninov's Etudes tableaux, where the most demanding technical tasks are present in the form of expressive character pieces. He concludes with Balakirev's Islamey, once considered to be the most difficult piece ever written.