Saturday, 15 September 2012

Leeds International Piano Competition 2012. The Finals Part 2.

Tonight’s (Saturday 15th September 2012) performances by the final three competitors of this year’s final of the Leeds International Piano Competition 2012 brought Latvia’s Andrejs Osokins in Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major, Op. 26 with poised articulate playing that revealed many details. He had a full grasp of Prokofiev’s rhythmic style but also a delicacy in the quieter moments that created a stillness that was the perfect foil for Prokofiev’s virtuoso demands.

Italy’s Federico Colli played Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major, Op. 73 with a touch that gave a wonderfully sprung lightness to the music. In the slow movement he kept a flow and underlying tension that brought out the real Beethovenian feel, whilst the finale was beautifully poised and shaped with those sprung rhythms wonderfully lifting the music.

After the interval, Andrew Tyson, from the USA, performed Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30 in a performance of tremendous freedom and character. This performance, for me, had everything, so many little details and captivating touches, such individuality. At times this performance had an improvisatory feel with new thoughts at every turn.

So have I a clear favourite? Well my own choice by far is Andrew Tyson, not just for his mesmerising Rachmaninov, but for his captivating Chopin Preludes in the semi-final recital stage.

But Louis Schwizebel who gave us a performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.4 that was full of poetry, poise and depth as well as his recital performance of Haydn’s Piano Sonata No.50 and Andrejs Osokins with his revealing and rhythmically commanding Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 3 and recital performance of Beethoven’s last Piano Sonata op.111 are high on my list.

Dame Fanny Waterman once said that ‘There are no losers at Leeds.’ This year’s competition has certainly proved that to be the case, especially when you see the enormous talent showcased in this terrific final.

It’s now over to the jury who, this year, have an incredibly difficult task with such a line-up of talented pianists. Hopefully the result will come before 10.30pm

I will be giving the result in a blog later this evening.

See also:

Leeds International Piano Competition 2012. The Finals Part 1.

Leeds International Piano Competition 2012. The finalist’s recitals.


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