I had my heart set on working out at the gym before noon, but as fate pre-determined, I was stopped in my tracks by the breathtaking artistry of Yevgeny Sudbin. (only 32 years old) And it was merely 24 hours after I’d cried over Nikolai Lugansky’s Schumann Intermezzo from Faschingsschwank aus Wien. It fast tugged at my heart strings, sending me into ecstasy–the kind that spills over into longing and despair.
Could these two synchronized angels of the Muse share a gene for impassioned piano playing?
Regardless, I would sing like a nightingale about Sudbin, spreading his immense gifts far and wide.
Let’s start with the artist’s Scarlatti, a composer so very dear to me.
Three exemplary performances sweep the listener into a universe of beauty from the first measure to final cadence. Nuance, dynamics, impeccable phrasing, just the right touch, and tone to please. It’s manifestly clear that one of the pianist’s teachers was Murray Perahia. I can tell by the way in which the Baroque repertoire is communicated. Not too loud, too soft or dainty. There’s a nice range of dynamics with bundled emotion to satisfy.
These examples are taken to heart:
To shift the musical winds in Classical directions, here’s a sweeping sample of Sudbin recording Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto no. 5 with the Minnesota Orchestra.
If the listener hungers for more than a commercialized snatch of this and that, you can hop over to Amazon for Sudbin’s Discography, or steer back in You Tube directions. The works of Chopin, Scriabin, Rachmaninoff and more, are there for the taking.
Finally, a pop over to Sudbin’s official website fills in the missing details surrounding his remarkable life and musical studies.