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Review: Yevgeny Sudbin, King's Lynn Minster

Despite current Covid reduced restrictions it was great for me to be back at my first live King’s Lynn Festival concert in a while, and what a memorable occasion it turned out to be; a piano recital by that famous pianist Yevgeny Sudbin of the first order!

Sudbin, who lives with his family in London, first came to my attention when he championed, and recorded, music by the underrated Russian composer, Nikolai Medtner, who also eventually made England his home. Sudbin is now a well established international artist and has won prestigious awards and performed with the world’s finest orchestras and conductors.

In a recital which proudly honoured the founder of the King’s Lynn Festival, Lady Fermoy, we enjoyed fine performances of works by Haydn, Tchaikovsky, Chopin and Alexander Scriabin.

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King's Lynn Festival logo (49430539)

All the varied moods and characteristics of these pieces, tender, romantic and passionate were effortlessly, but sensitively, executed, even in the classical, but emotional, Haydn sonata.

I was delighted with Sudbin’s interpretation of the Scriabin pieces in the concert’s second half; the music not so well known to me, I greatly enjoyed their romantic , but forward looking style. A fitting celebration to the memory of Lady Fermoy and another first class Festival evening, well worth the wait!

Andy Tyler

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