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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Khatia Buniatishvili at LSO St Luke's

And so the second cultural event event of the week

Off to the LSO St Luke's to see the Georgian Pianist Khatia Buniatishvili play some Beethoven Piano Sonatas.

Before the concert we had lunch in the Crypt and then up to bag a front row seat (although you get tickets seating is first come first serve)

The programme was:

BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata No 17 in D minor (‘Tempest’)
BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata No 19 in G minor
BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata No 23 in F minor (‘Appassionata’)

Interestingly Beethoven No 17 I saw in July played by Imogen Cooper, I enjoyed it then and I enjoyed it today.

The second No 19 is an early work, it lacked the depth of the other two but in Khatia's hands it was an engaging listen - using a first name always strikes me as pretentious but much easier to spell :D

All this led up to No 23, the Appassionata, which was superb. It wasn't someone playing a piano, it was if the keys were an extension of Khatia's fingers.

For all three sonata's she had no score and she probably couldn't see the keyboard through her hair!!

The audience obviously loved the concert but alas no encore.....

I should comment that she looked gorgeous in her dress but frankly it was her playing we came to see and that was even more stunning.

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