Schumann Concerto at Foellinger Hall, Krannert Centre

Alexei has just performed Schumann’s piano concerto at another stunning¬†venue in the United States – the Foellinger Great Hall at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Urbana – a gem in the middle of Illinois.

“…Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 54, showed off the virtuoso talents of pianist Alexei Grynyuk, who began his playing with clear, concise phrasing, but as he got going, he showed a fiery temperament in dramatic releases and brilliantly executed runs and scales. Grynyuk and the orchestra under Volodymyr Sirenko brought out well the springlike melodic outpouring in this concerto dedicated to Schumann’s wife, the famous pianist Clara Wieck.

At the work’s dramatic end, many in the audience stood, so Grynyuk, as encore, played the famous Frederick Chopin “Heroic” Polonaise in A-flat, Op. 53 in a barn-burning rendition that evoked a storm of cheers at the end. His next encore, Chopin’s Nocturne, Op. 9, No. 3 in B Major, showed Grynyuk’s skills in spinning out hypnotic Chopin melodies. Amid repeated stormy applause, Grynyuk was allowed to leave the stage. ”

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