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Ana-Maria Vera, Reviews

CultureKiosque, 4th February 2005
Takuo Yuasa / Ana-Maria Vera
By John Sidgwick - Royal Festival Hall

As for the middle movement, one of the most simple yet most emotional musical pages of all that were written in the 20th century, I can only say that here, Vera cast a spell of such intensity over her audience that one scarcely dared to breathe. The long opening passage, where the piano is unaccompanied, spoke of serenity, distance, of eternity even. And when the orchestra finally crept in, the players, all of them, took their lead from Vera's inspired guidance.

Ana-Maria Vera's playing, even in childhood, was always remarkable for its maturity. On the evidence of last night's performance, she has acquired added maturity, perhaps as a result of her long and recent apprenticeship in chamber music. We can only hope to hear her again in other works from her vast concerto repertoire.

(London Philharmonic Orchestra - Debussy, Ravel)

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