Alexander Ardakov, the renowned international pianist, captivated his audience with an exquisitely played programme of Russian music by Tchaikovsky, Scriabin and Mussorgsky. The recital was in aid of Friends of BCH and took place on 6th March at Dr Challoner’s High School, Little Chalfont.
The recital began with a dozen piano pieces by Tchaikovsky composed over a period of 25 years. Each of these encapsulated a feeling or a time of year and was a small jewel beautifully presented.
The second half started with three etudes by Scriabin which were followed by Mussorgsky’s masterpiece Pictures at an Exhibition. Alexander caught the mood of each ‘picture’ perfectly and we progressed around the exhibition with the familiar theme of the promenade which made us feel as though we were accompanied on our exploration by a much loved and respected friend. Finally, we arrived at the Great Gate of Kiev full of strength and majesty. I enjoyed this performance more than any other I have heard previously. As one of the audience remarked to me, Alexander was completely at one with the piano when he played and was a joy to listen to. He has a rare talent.
The recital raised over £2000. Thank you to Alexander and all those who supported this wonderful evening.