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The night started with me being seated next to the New Zealand Herald Music critique, click here for what he thought about the night.
|The stage. |
LED lights reflection on the keys changes throughout the first section of the recital and turned off in the second section.
The second half of the recital allowed me to immerse myself in the reverie of the Ballades. It is every single Chopin lovers' favourite. Somehow, Nikolai told a complete story inside the complete Ballades. I am mesmerised at the interpretation and the piano's support for the depth of contrast needed from what Chopin wrote.
This cannot be achieved on other pianos. 1 single note on Fazioli is enough to set its standard apart from the rest. Let alone a breadth of repertoire from such celebrated composer. I was romanced.
The night ended with 3 encores. Nikolai was cheeky when he gave the popular Minute Waltz for the second encore. Just a minute more I heard he says in his mind.
What a treat, definite moment of elevated bliss for the heart and soul. Perfect instrument paired with the perfect maestro.