Sunday 27th April 2014
Kausikan Rajeshjukmar - Piano
Since Kausikan arrived as a last minute surprise replacement last season, he has been extremely busy. Just two weeks after thrilling us with his first performance of Schumann's Carnaval, he won the annual Royal College of Music Schumann Prize with the same piece. Kausikan was born in London in 1990 and began playing when 7 years old and despite offers of scholarships to the top music colleges, preferred to read music at Cambridge University, graduating with First Class Honours.
He has already been awarded numerous prizes and is in great demand performing at home and abroad and as all who have heard him play will know, he has a glittering future ahead of him.
27th APRIL 2014
KAUSIKAN RAJESHKUMAR - PIANO
For the last concert of the 2013/14 series, Cromer Music Evenings were successful in inviting this young pianist to return to Templewood, influenced by the exceptional artistry of his playing and who, in a short career has already been awarded many prizes, being also in great demand in the UK and abroad.
Today Kausikan’s performance of his programme made it very clear as to why, it is predicted, that his future career as a concert pianist will be extremely promising, in that he will be capable in fulfilling expectations in the competitive arena of his choice.
Bach’s English Suite No 5 in E minor, BMV 810 consisting of a prelude and five dances. The complex Prelude more in the style of a fugue was performed with a striking confidence, graduating into diverse interpretations of each of the five dances, ranging from brightness to the melancholy of the Sarabande, finishing with a powerful Gigue.
Sonata in E major, op 109 by Beethoven written in his last years of life when he was almost deaf, the 3rd movement mirrored Bach’s Goldberg Variations. Here the beautiful Andante molto cantabile being performed with such sincere and intense musicality was awe inspiring.
Scriabin’s Sonata No 2 op 19. It is said that this Russian composer converted sounds into colours which certainly produced a kaleidoscope of musical colours in both the Andante and the Presto movements, creating mystical flourishes over the whole key board, with tone gradations from pianissimo to double forte controlled and performed with ultimate passion.
Chopin’s Barcarolle op 60, Nocturne in E flat major, op 55 No 2 and Ballade No 4 in F minor, op 52 played with such a subtle approach to each piece, especially in the Ballade which was the last Ballade Chopin wrote.
After prolonged applause this young artist played a Mazurka by Chopin which seemed to bring to an end the concert in a simplistic way, as this Polish dance, one of many by Chopin, was in complete contrast to the complex writings of Scriabin.
27 April 2014
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