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Piano Favourites (William Alexander)

By | Published on Wednesday 31 August 2011

The topic of conversation in church today was William Alexander’s fingers – how big, how fast, how nimble they were! One woman gawked, comparing them with her own inferior stubs. Alexander’s talent was acknowledged by all, as was the intimate fondness with which he shared each of his chosen favourites. Only the smallest of faults – or, rather, questionable decisions – were made during the performance: Chopin’s Étude Op. 10 No. 3 seemed a dash too fast, a few notes were elided in No. 10, and the bassline of Bach’s and Busoni’s ‘Nun komm’ was not as prominent as usual. These, however, were immaterial details that come nowhere near to eclipsing this pianist’s formidable talent.

St Mark’s artSpace, 27 Aug, 2.30pm (4.30pm), £6.00 – £8.00, fpp216.
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