From Tony Sanderson:
The program notes for Khatia Buniatishvili’s recital at the Barbican Center in London tonight told us she was taking us on a journey. An unexpected twist in the journey was that she had to take the journey from love to rejection and back to love again.
From the start it was clear that this was a recital with a difference as Khatia pulled us into her inner world shaping the musical textures and drawing the melodic line which created its own tension. There seemed to be a bittersweet quality to his playing that felt new.
However, his decision to lengthen the melodic line in Schubert’s Impromptu No. 3 and then in Schubert/Liszt’s proved too much for a spectator who shouted shit. The tempo was clearly an artistic decision by the pianist and was always liable to be controversial. She showed us that she was perfectly capable of playing fast and rhythmically, as she showed in Vladimir Horowitz’s arrangement of Liszt’s Second Hungarian Rhapsody and Prokofiev’s Seventh Piano Precipitato. sonata. However, in a large hall like the Barbican Center, a larger projection of the music would not have been useless. At the end, his many fans gave him a standing ovation along with the only long-gone dissident.