REVIEW: GeNIA St Mary s Munster Square
GeNIA (so spelt, no surname) is a young Ukrainian pianist distantly related to the uber-pianist Horowitz; and the draw of her recital in this new Regent s Park concert series run by Markson Pianos was the inclusion of music
St Mary's Munster Square
GeNIA (so spelt, no surname) is a young Ukrainian pianist distantly related to the uber-pianist Horowitz; and the draw of her recital in this new Regent's Park concert series run by Markson Pianos was the inclusion of music by Gabriel Prokofiev, London-raised grandson of the great composer.
Two descendents from such celebrated names looked like an interesting combination, and they were. Prokofiev jnr works in pop/commercial music but occasionally steps back into the classical world of his gene pool and had in this case produced a piece that reformulated his grandfather's prickly idiom into streetwise terms, quite effectively.
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But with vacuously minimalist Japanese contemporary scores alongside poorly played Rachmaninov and Scriabin, the rest of the programme was disappointing.
Over-pedalled and with little sense of style, it didn't say much for the genes of Horowitz. And that GeNIA played it wearing what seemed to be an inflatable life-vest (no doubt with whistle attached for drawing attention to yourself) didn't help.
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