Last Sunday, Roman Rabinovich delivered a stunning recital that kicked off 2016 in a tremendous fashion! He opened with Haydn's Sonata in B-flat Major, and continued with Schumann's Kreisleriana.
After intermission, he gave a humorous introduction to Anton von Webern's Variations Op. 27, telling the audience that he had great respect for the composer, whose work reminded him of the paintings of Piet Mondrian. He also assured the audience that if they were not fans of twelve-tone compositions, that the piece was only seven minutes long, which elicited laughter from the audience. After that he performed Beethoven's Sonata in A Major Op. 101, and ended his set with a rousing performance of Smetana's Czech Dances. The encore was a short Allemande by Couperin.
Before the concert, VRS staff surprised artistic director Leila Getz on stage to announce that we would be celebrating her birthday with cake in the lobby, after the post-show chat. The delicious lemon cake was prepared by Tracy of The Cake Conspiracy. Roman stuck around after the concert to chat with attendees, and sign copies of his CD, "Ballet Russes".
During the Q&A, Roman discussed his love of drawing and painting, which equal his love of music, and demonstrated his iPad and wireless pedal that he used to work his way through the complex Webern piece.
Thanks very much to everyone who took the time to send us their comments after Roman's recital! We love hearing your feedback. Here are some of the comments we received about his performance:
"From the first note to the last note this performance was one of the finest piano performances that I have heard."
"Thank you for another wonderful music experience. RR is an amazing pianist. And Happy Birthday to the amazing Leila."
"Not only brilliant playing by a young man with great stage presence, who's also blessed with a sense of fun, incorporating "happy birthday" to Leila so sinuously into Smetana!"
"Thank you for bringing to us these world class artists! What a treat it was to listen to this young man's playing of a varied and interesting program. I even enjoyed the Webern! His sensitivity, drama and command of his instrument along with his appealing nature were a real joy. Thank you again and keep up the great work!"
"I was most impressed with this young man. Fancy playing all the music with no copy. Well done!!"
"What a magical afternoon from an inspirational pianist. So young, yet so incredibly talented. A thoughtful program, ending with a breathtaking interpretation of Smetana's music. Thank you again Leila and happy birthday."