Those who doubt Chopin's intentions to have all 24 played at one sitting would have had their doubts dispelled by hearing how she subtly strung them together, with perfect control and dynamic shading and phrasing. It was the artistic performance of the day. Her Rachmaninov B-flat Minor Sonata was likewise idiomatic and meltingly phrased. Igoshina's performance showed the difference between being a good pianist and being an artist." (Creative Loafing Media) In 2005 Valentina Igoshina performed at the Glazunov Hall of the St.
Petersburg, Russia, Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory. After the performance, reviewer Wayne Lee Gay wrote that Igoshina "created the greatest impression of the day in an early evening program that opened with Beethoven's Sonata in E-flat, Opus 27, No 1. While the snow swirled outside, Igoshina warmed up the auditorium with a vision that was majestically solid and underpinned with a constant sense of a drama unfolding. Moving on to the more passionate literature of the romantic era, she displayed a beautiful, mellow tone to launch Chopin's Ballade in F Minor imbuing this standard favorite with an aura of narration, like a tale told by fireside.
Her moppish brown hair flying, she moved on to the unadulterated showmanship of Liszt's Rapsodie Espagnole once again proving her dramatic gifts by finding a solid structure in this showpiece and producing a wonderfully rich quality of tone while finding constant moments of suspense and surprise." (Fort Worth Star-Telegram) Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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