Ilaria Cavalleri on her first trip to London and judging from the reception she received today it will be the first of many more.
The musicality from the school of Maurizio Baglini and Davide Cabassi illuminated everything she did. A refined musicality that allowed her to return a much abused masterpiece into the outpouring of mellifluous sounds that only the genius of Schubert could conjure.
A technique at the service of the music with a refined musical palette that brought the rarely heard Mendelssohn Fantasy to life with its scintillating quantity of notes spun into a golden web of sublime beauty and dexterity. The more usual barn storming that passes for the fantasia quasi sonata that Liszt etched in his Dante Sonata was returned in her sensitive hands to the poetic realm from which it was born.