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Eldar Nebolsin @ Medici International Concerts 2012

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by Julian Wagner (subscribe)
Julian Wagner - Brisbane writer and musician c/- Wagner Musicians and Promotions Pty Ltd (ABN 50161875261) which provides string quartets and other classical musicians for weddings and other special events and promotes and reviews concerts
Roll up to a magical recital by piano virtuoso Eldar Nebolsin on Sunday 25 November 2012 (3 pm) at the Griffith University Theatre (South Bank). Not only will your ears be rewarded but you'll also instantly realise why Nebolsin, originally from the lesser known country Uzbekistan, nowadays travels the world's stage to immense acclaim.

Before fully revealing what's in store on Sunday, it's apt to note that the UK's Gramophone magazine describes Nebolsin as a 'virtuoso of power and poetry rivalling Rubinstein' with the BBC Music Magazine pitching him as one of the finest interpreters of Chopin.

The Uzbek born Nebolsin skyrocketed to fame when he won the 2005 Sviatoslav Richter International Piano Competition in Moscow. Indeed his virtually out of this world virtuosity even appears to have left The Los Angeles Times lost for words. What? Yes, an American reviewer of all things lost for words, with it simply being poignantly said: 'Save your superlatives until you have heard Tashkent-born pianist Eldar Nebolsin.'

Perhaps Nebolsin's own words best describe, for instance, the depth of his technically precise and emotively melodious approach to Chopin's music. When interviewed by the Pianist about the release of two of his Naxos recordings to celebrate Chopin's 200th birthday, he observed:

"You can see that for [Chopin] there was not such a thing as a scale or a technically difficult passage. It was always the melody even in the fastest passages. No matter how fast you play, you must be able to sing. Singing is hard to do on the piano and we need much more effort than a singer would require."

In moving from the Pianist magazine to music from the 2002 Academy Award winning film The Pianist, Eldar Nebolsin will, on Sunday, 'electrifyingly' grab your attention (though not in a way akin to Brisbane's attention grabbing weather last weekend) with an energetically charged heart singing rendition of Chopin's Grande Polonaise Brilliante. You'll also be sitting bolt upright with a thrilling rendition of Beethoven's Grand Sonata (No. 4 in E Flat Major Op 7).

Yet if that's not enough, another eclectic delight will be Schubert's Fantasie in C Major Op. 15 (D.760), known as the 'Wanderer Fantasy.' For those not in the know, don't get this confused with the more widely familiar 'Happy Wanderer' tune as Schubert's four-movement Wanderer is no walk in the park. Even Franz Schubert considered it beyond his own performance skills once saying, "The devil may play it!" Come Sunday, Eldar the Great also promises to bring out the devil in Franz Liszt's legendry transcriptions of the music of Beethoven and Schubert.

So, whether you are up with all the classical music greats or simply want to be mesmerised by how two gifted human hands can gloriously bring to life so many musical notes, book through QTIX on 136 246.

Immense credit for this promising concert must also go to the Director of the Medici International Concert series, Brisbane based Ann Thomson OAM, who is a marvel in her own right in ensuring that the world's greatest pianists perform in our wonderful city. Subscriptions or any number of attendances for the equally promising 2013 Medici International Concert series can be arranged via the website or booked through QTIX (136 246).

The much loved David Helfgott as well as the equally acclaimed Roger Woodward (who were both portrayed in the Oscar Winning 1996 movie Shine) will feature in the 2013 Medici series as well as virtuosi such as Britain's Freddy Kempf and the extraordinary Argentine, Sergio Tiempo.

Julian Wagner 2012 (c)
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When: Sunday 25 November 2012, 3PM
Phone: 136 246
Where: Conservatorium Theatre, South Bank
Cost: From $55
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