With another glorious day in Oakham and a piano programme of the famous “Three B’s”, Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms, this lunchtime recital was set to be a cracker!
Rupert performed a brilliantly well-rounded recital with an amazing sense of musicality that really showed his love and talent for playing the piano. The recital began with Bach’s Prelude and Fugue in G major BWV 860. Rupert set a perfect tempo in the Prelude, which provided room for his musicality to shine through, and he achieved this by delicately reflecting the echoed melodies. Bach composed such wonderful phrase lengths and Rupert embraced this fantastically by drawing every single detail out of the intricate music. In the Fugue, Rupert successfully brought out each statement of the melody very clearly, in the respective voice parts, over the top of the complicated texture underneath.
The next piece was Beethoven’s Allegro (Sonata in F minor, Op. 2 No. 1), which Rupert started excellently with the ascending melodic phrase, that was then crisply decorated each time it was played throughout the piece. Rupert played this piece so sensitively and gave such a musical performance, clearly understanding the format and characteristic of the music. The final piece was Brahms’s Rhapsody No. 2 in G minor, Op. 79 No. 2, which was a treat to listen to because Rupert explored Brahms’s abounding textures and rich harmonies very well. The piece finishes with cross rhythms between both hands, which Rupert articulated brilliantly, whilst the tempo slowly winds down and the music becomes quieter, in contrast to the complicated development section, finishing on a very quiet held chord.
This was a superb recital – Rupert squeezed every single detail out of the music and it was a real pleasure to hear the piano played in such a musical manner.