Written by Devorah E. Hill for THE ARTISTS FORUM MAGAZINE
Edited by Amos White V for THE ARTISTS FORUM, INC
Photo: Courtesy Katya Grineva
4.5 out of 5 stars
KATYA GRINEVA AT CARNEGIE HALL
NEW YORK, NY (December 28, 2016) Pianist Katya Grineva is a substantial talent with a serious following. Born in Russia Ms. Grineva came to the US in 1989. Since 2000, she has given a holiday music performance at Carnegie Hall. Many in attendance last night were veteran attendees. So, this grand concert room had the feel of an intimate evening of holiday music.
Ms. Grineva gifted sensibility empowers her to take music from different composers and interprets them through her own lens. The evening was an interesting mix of holiday music consisting of classical and contemporary music. She opened with Debussy‘s Arabesque No.1. The cool, soothing, languid rendering took the audience away for the hustle of New York, preparing them for the evening. Mozart’s Sonata in A major K331 followed sharpening the audience focus for what was to come.
Ravel’s Ondine Gaspard de la Nuit was a show case for Ms. Grineva use of rubato. Aloysius Bertrand’s poetry come through each of Ravel’s notes as their intensity was manipulated through changes she applied to the tempo. Tchaikovsky’s Sugar Plum Fairies and Andante Maestoso had the audience embracing their inner child. While Ave Maria reminded us that for many this is a time of deep spiritual significance. Third Gnossienne and First Gymnopedie by Eric Satie, provided a seductive stillness which was then delightfully demolished by Ravel’s Bolero. The concert like Ms Grineva’s rubato mastery was a tapestry of color texture and tempo.