Treat for piano lovers
Neecia Majolly ... in perfect control.
EVEN FLOODED streets and the most dismal weather condition did not prevent the ever hospitable library of the Max Mueller Bhavan from filling up with an eager group of concert goers, come to attend a piano recital by Neecia Majolly, pianist from Bangalore. There were seasoned listeners, senior music students and the aspiring young. Neecia Majolly has always been a draw in Chennai. The city is starved for recitals of live classical music, the piano in particular, and what can be more attractive than such a recital in house-concert style, with shining black Steinway in place?
Neecia Majolly was in Chennai after a gap of four years. She has a strong attractive presence and in the past four years has developed a pretty formidable technique. Opening the evening with a very positive performance of the Shostaovich (1906-75) Prelude and fugue in E minor, she established herself effortlessly in perfect control.
The Haydn sonata Op49 in C minor followed. As an 18th century composition following a 20th century, the performer could have made more of a point of the difference than M. Majolly chose to do there is a tenderness and grace in a Haydn composition that one expected and was not there.
But with the two Brahms Rhapsodies Op79 1and 2 the performer was in her element. Very Romantic, almost over the top, and on a piano which could produce an unbelievably beautiful cantabile tone, the performance was a treat for the listener.
And then the Bach Italian Concerto. There is no right and wrong styles any more but after rushing somewhat headlong into the first movement, it was a pity that the second movement could not have been more of a contrast. It requires to be lofty and soaring and carries an emotive quality which was not there but the Presto was great! A real presto moving almost breathlessly to the exciting finish of this lovely composition.
The very pianistic Jeux d'eau by Ravel followed a shining texture of cascades of water which exhibited one more palette of Neecia Majolly's technique. Quite beautifully done.
And to end a sonata by Berg (1885to1935) sonat Op1 also rhapsodic and lyrical.
A very satisfied audience gave the performer a great applause.
On closing Neecia Majolly remarked that the Steinway piano had contributed much to the success of the performance. A generous remark. Inspiration in performance is truly an ongoing affair and the performer has to be constantly inspired by the sound produced in performance and that cannot be if the instrument offers little.
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