Alexander Doronin at Steinway Hall, London
Great pyrotechnics from the twenty-year-old Alexander Doronin and astonishingly mature musicianship.
A recital at Steinway Hall for the Keyboard Trust in the presence of his teacher Dmitri Alexeev – the second time this week that I have seen the Alexeev’s following the career of super talented young musicians in their care.
Together with star pianist Vitaly Pisarenko they were there to follow these early steps in what surely will be an important career.
The clarity and chiselled precision suited perfectly the neoclassicism of Stravinsky or the diabolical streams of notes that Ligeti like a spider’s web would trace with such glee over the entire keyboard.
It was the same precision and intelligent musicianship that he brought to the two early works by Brahms. A clarity that missed Brahms’s sumptuous orchestral sonorities but gave it a refreshingly youthful rhythmic impetus of great conviction.