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Alexander Gavrylyuk at Wigmore Hall – Mozart, Rachmaninov, Pictures at an Exhibition

ClassicalSource.com - 29 April 2013

When Alexander Gavrylyuk began this BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert at Wigmore Hall there was little clue to the way in which he would end it. His softly voiced account of Mozart’s D major Rondo was genial and lucid, the right-hand phrasing varying a little in dynamics but with a nice sense of overall line and structure. Some serious Rachmaninov followed, with a stony-faced rendition of the G sharp minor Prelude, and a powerfully organic account of the G minor, growing to an impressive peroration. These fires were quelled somewhat by a sensitive account of Zoltán Kocsis’s arrangement of the Vocalise, with a slower return to the main theme that was nicely done.

Preludes and pictures: Alexander Gavrylyuk debuts at Wigmore Hall

bachtrack.com - 29 April 2013

Stepping in for the indisposed Cédric Tiberghien, the Ukrainian-born Australian pianist Alexander Gavrylyuk wowed Wigmore Hall’s lunchtime audience with a debut concert replete in masterful displays of pianism, in the purest meaning of the word.

Gavrylyuk performs Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto no.3 at the Concertgebouw

27 March 2013 - Royal Concertgebouworkest/Vladimir Jurowski, Concertgebouw, Amsterdam

All attention went to the 28-year old wonder pianist Alexander Gavrylyuk...The diabolical sprint of orchestra and soloist at the end of the concert was breath taking.When playing the encore, Mendelssohn’s wedding March, Gavrylyuk blew the listening orchestra almost off the stage....

Floris Don, NRC Handelsblad

Alexander Gavrylyuk (Ukraine, 1984) belongs to the very rare category of musicians whose possibilities could only be limited by taste and contextual interpretation. Technically, he can do anything. In Rachmaninov’s Third piano concerto, he showed how one note, warm and full, can float above the orchestra, in a state of natural free fall.

Biëlla Luttmer, De Volkskrant

Gavrylyuk plays Rachmaninov Piano Concerto no.3

ABQ Journal - 15 March 2013
New Mexico Philharmonic/Hélène Bouchez, Popejoy Hall, Albuquerque

The initial approach to the Allegro was light and lyrical, even impressionistic, making the eruption in the middle – and explode it did – all the more dramatically arresting. The Ukranian pianist chose the original massive-chordal cadenza, rather than the more scherzo-like revision which Rachmaninoff himself recorded. Gavrylyuk has technique to spare producing voluminous cascades of sound too fast to be heard as individual notes but felt only as gossamer swirls of aural color, growing light and dark with harmonic and dynamic shifts.

Alexander Gavrylyuk

Arts Hub - 20 February 2013

What can be written about pianist Alexander Gavrylyuk than has not already been canvassed by an adoring press, here and overseas?

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