Wednesday’s lunchtime recital by Form 6 Vienna featured two virtuoso showpieces from the Romantic piano repertoire.
Vienna began her performance with Moritz Moszkowski’s lighthearted Étincelles. She set the sparks flying from the keyboard with her impeccable chromatic scale runs, and contrasted lightness of touch with powerful brilliance in the louder passages.
Frédéric Chopin’s fourth Ballade is a poetic solo work constructed on an epic scale, and is no mean feat for a seventeen-year-old pianist. The dreamy tolling bells of the opening quickly give way to a melancholy waltz with a Slavonic character, the theme that underpins the work, and builds to a climax of emotional intensity in the final minutes of the piece. Vienna’s interpretation captured all of this turbulent emotion, and explored the full timbral range of her instrument masterfully.
This was an outstanding and communicative performance; Vienna’s passionate playing was a joy to experience.