Florian Feilmair

Florian Feilmair: The Debut Recording

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Florian Feilmair's debut recording announces him on the scene as an artist to follow through what promises to be an exciting musical career. This album of a wide variety of composers and styles shows off not only his exquisite musical taste, but also his talent for composing: the Notturno was composed by the pianist himself. Feilmair's Rachmaninov comes across as six distinct musical moments indeed. The Andantino is graceful and swirling, not unlike Rubinstein playing Chopin. In the Allegro, Feilmair creates beautiful drama in the upper register, and we hear the two lines of music very distinctly. The Presto is undoubtedly Presto, which goes to show that the artist is extremely capable of showing the nuances of each tempo. The Villa-Lobos is another similar style of piece, broken into eight movements, each of which is about a different doll. The "Moreninha" shimmers, while the "Mulatinha" swings, jazz-like, yet Feilmair maintains perfect control. "A Proberezinha" is a stark contrast to the other movements, and it is to Feilmair's credit that he can play this introspective, reflective movement just as well as he can play more extroverted movements. Liszt is never an easy composer to tackle, yet Feilmair interprets his music with great ease, from the funereal dark chords at the beginning to the active, cascading passages and various moods the composer has created. The ending is grand, stirring, and majestic, thanks to Feilmair's superb musicality. The Beethoven is played with such restraint and delicate beauty; Feilmair has made it sound as graceful as Chopin. The album concludes with a composition of the pianist's own, and while it is perhaps a bit too awake to be nocturnal, it is nonetheless enjoyable. This album is simply a winner, with very interesting repertoire and a gifted artist who brings the music alive.

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