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of Maria Yudina
Piano concerto No 20.
Piano concerto No 23.
When performing the pearls of Mozart's music, Rondo in A minor,
Concertos in D minor and in A Major, Yudina creates a very special
world. In Rondo in particular she reaches unique intimacy of restrained
feelings while displaying the finest nuances and cultivated impeccable
taste in rubato in every phrase. Listening to this music that is
full of true poetry and deep melancholy is a great aesthetic delight.
It brings a memory of Maria Veniaminovna reciting encore poems by
Gumilev, Akhmatova, and Pasternak at her concerts…In Mozart's concertos
Yudina captivates listeners by amazing will and perfect intoning.
The piano seems particularly sensitive in responding to every touch
of her fingers. It is not a pretty sound of which people usually
say that it sings. The instrument under Yudina's fingers speaks.
It is rather recitative, declamation with every inflexion of sound
being flexible and expressive. Listen carefully to the first theme
of the Concerto in D minor. The music talks to you; it draws your
attention to something very important. Some scholars of Mozart received
a great shock with Yudina's illustrious fermata at the very top
note. And then how Mozart's passages, figurations, arpeggios, ornamentations
talk to you! What a wrathful force of the theme in finale of the
Concerto in D minor! What a truly youthful fervour in the extraordinary
impetuous finale of the Concerto in A minor!
Yudina presents Mozart, alive, ingenuous, sometimes a little bit
rough, sometimes melancholy, and then again full of life-asserting
Professor Victor Derevianko
Head of Instrumental studies department
The Buchmann-Mehta School of Music
A student and friend of Maria Yudina