I originally ran this concert four years ago, when Georgian keyboard Wünderkind Khatia Buniatishvili was a relative newcomer, was celebrated as a talent to watch and was busy scooping up awards for what was stunning playing and a welcome new face on the concert stage.
In the four years since, she has made good on all those predictions, and then some. She has recorded four albums, all of which have been critically acclaimed. She has toured extensively around the world, playing with every major symphony orchestra and selling out concerts in the process.
Getting past the obvious; that she is drop-dead gorgeous, Khatia Buniatishvili is a refreshing artist with a distinct and engaging point of view – the notes and her interpretations speak for themselves. That she is a dazzling artist of the highest caliber is compounded by the fact that you don’t need to watch her play in order to get the same engaging emotions by listening to her play.
With that said, here is that concert, from the 2012 Verbier Festival – preserved by the stellar engineering of the Radio France Musique team from July 24. It’s on two players and the lineup is as follows:
♫ Ludwig van Beethoven
Sonate N°23 en fa mineur Op.57, Appassionata
1- Allegro assai
2- Andante con moto
3- Allegro ma non troppo
♫ Frédéric Chopin
Sonate N°2 en si bémol mineur Op.35 (1837)
♫ Franz Liszt
Mephisto-Valse N°1 S 514 (1856-1861)
Khatia Buniatishvili, Piano
Concert donné en l’Eglise de Verbier.
Sorry this is late – since it was a holiday week, I had it in my head that Monday was Sunday and today was Wednesday. Still, essential listening for the rush hour drive home.