Alex Ullman at the Wigmore Hall

A near capacity house for the young british pianist Alexander Ullman building quite a reputation for his refined piano playing .
After his highly successful Chopin recital for the Keyboard Charitable Trust a month ago he reappears again at the Wigmore Hall for YCAT with a programme of Haydn,Ravel and Liszt.
Winner at the age of only twenty of the Bartok/Liszt Competition in Budapest it was hardly surprising that now four years later he gave a monumental performance of Liszt`s Sonata in B minor.
A truly mature and unforgettable performance of this war horse in which the dramatic contrasts were fully realised without resorting to the more usual rhetoric whilst never sacrificing the overall architectural shape.
Never were we made aware of the transcendental difficulties such were we swept along by his performance of this masterpiece of the romantic literature ,at last restored to its rightful place.
Magnificent idea to lead straight into the sombre bass notes of the sonata without a break from the magical sounds produced in Ravel`s Oiseaux Triste.
Opening with Haydn Variations in F minor of such intelligence and elegance but not for one moment forgetting that this was the forebear of Beethoven. A real tone poem was created with superbly executed ornaments incorporated into the line .Some really beautiful legato playing created just the magic needed for two or Ravel`s Miroirs:Noctuelles and Oiseaux Triste.
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