ANNA TSYBULEVA'S ONLINE CONCERT
BY IRIDE APARICIO
SILICON VALLEY, CA-- As part of their HOME CONCERT HALL piano concerts (Now streamed online), the Steinway Society the Bay Area, made it possible for all piano concerts lovers to have the opportunity to listen to a unique music concert from November 19 to November 22. We call this unique because of the uniqueness of its music, played by Russian concert pianist ANNA TSYBULEVA, but this time, in the privacy of our own homes.
TSYBULEVA's star in the horizon of Classical music, began shimmering in 2015, after winning the first prize at the world's famous International Pianoforte Leeds, a competition for young pianists where the first round takes place in Berlin, Singapore and New York and the semi-final and final round in the Great Hall of the University of Leeds, located in West Yorkshire, England.
Her star got brighter after winning three more top prizes at the Gilels, the Hamamatau and the Kamatasu International piano competitions. Since then, she has been playing in some of the greatest stages in Europe and debuted ( Streamed online) in the USA on November 19, in a concert presented by the Steinway Society the Bay Area.
Dressed in a formal Black ball gown, she entered the stage in Moscow, with a YAMAHA grand piano standing on the stage, and after bowing to her online audience, she introduces herself, speaking in English. In a short speech, she told her audience that she was very happy to play for them, and that she would have enjoyed much more if she had done it in person.
Describing her music, she did not mentioned its uniqueness or its difficulty, all she said was that what she was going to play for us came from the times when composers were inspired by each other, and copied each other's styles in their compositions.
She named her first performances: Sonata in A Major, wq.55, No.4 H.286 by C.P.E. Bach,
Carl Phillip Emanuel Bach, known as C.P.E. Bach, was the second son of composer Johan Sebastian, with his wife Maria Barbara. He was a lawyer, but also a musician, taught only by his father. As a composer, C.P E. established himself writing compositions which imitated the styles of Mozart and Hayden. He was also known for introducing Romanticism in music, during the age of the Baroque. In l753 he became famous with the publication of His Treatise on the Art of Playing Keyboard instruments which gave him a reputation of composer, performer and teacher. And Being a master player of the keyboard, his compositions are very technical, even in their fingering. To play C.P.E. Back compositions required mastery.
Her other pieces in her program included: Beethoven Piano Sonata No 3 in C major, Op2 in four movements: I Allegro con Brio, II Adagio, III Scherzo Allegro IV Allegro assai. Her last piece was Brahms, Piano Sonata No. 3 in F minor, Op 5 and all its movements: I Allegro maestoso, II Andante, Andante Espressivo --Andante molto. III Cherzo, Allegro enérgico avec trío, IV Intermezzo Andante molto, V Finale Allegro moderato ma rubato.
After her brief speech, she sat on her piano bench, and after concentrating for a few seconds, been playing a fast difficult melody with the assurance and poise of an Olympic Swimmer jumping into a swimming pool.
A second later notes were heard at the piano played fast, and we could see her fingers faster yet allowing every note sound. Her hands, played the arpeggios perfectly, making each note to sound, in perfect timing. She mastery her volume's changes from FORTE to Pianissimo. and her speed from Presto to Lento. As a pianist, her technique is perfect. She marks her accents, but never to laud, pauses her tempo, modulates seamlessly from one key to another, makes her thrills sound as birds chirping. and she does it, as somebody who is not only enjoying what she is doing but feels every nuance, every beat. She seem to blend with the music she is playing.
And those familiar with what she was playing knew that for her debut in America she selected piano pieces for seasoned pianists because they are very difficult to play. Starting with the C.P.E. Sonata, which is considered so difficult that one cannot compare different versions, because only very few pianists had recorded the work.
And as for having the mastery to present the music to the audience, ANNA TSYBULEVA knows how. She keep us listening. No written description can actually convey, in words, how her music sounds, because each person listens to music differently. And we wish the camera had taken more Close UP shots of her hands, because from the distance, they seemed to fly over the keyboard, as her stretched fingers executed the trills. absorbing part of our spirits in their different sounds. In over fifteen years covering the Steinway Society Concerts, Cultural World Bilingual can describe ANNA TSYBULEVA concert, as one of the best.
For those people interested in learning more about her music, purchasing tickets for the concert allowed them also to listen to the Concert's Lecture, which is excellent because it describes in detail the different keys in the pieces and the structure of the music in more details.
The online version will be seen until November 22, but perhaps in this case, because of the uniqueness of the music, the Steinway Society would consider placing the recording of the concert on Demand, and offering tickets so people can watch is at a later day.
To order tickets for the Home Concert Hall go to: Steinwaysociety.com For any questions about the concert, contact their box office at (408) 300-5635.