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Adriel Gomez-Mansur: Recital

Adriel Gomez-Mansur: Recital

Avanti  1025-2

Stereo/Multichannel Hybrid

Classical - Instrumental


Schubert, Rachmaninov, Chopin, Liszt

Adriel Gomez-Mansur (piano)

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Review by John Broggio - February 11, 2007

Our friend, Avanticlassic, has helpfully presented us with the notes that are attached to this fabulous disc.

Where Avanti find their roster of pianists from I do not know but I suspect that many record producers wish that they had Avanti's contacts. Adriel Gomez-Mansur is a true poet of the piano and his playing evokes memories of the greats of the keyboard. All the composers are given magical treatment from the opening Consolation No.3 of Liszt to the concluding Etudes by Scriabin. This Liszt is all too often transformed into mawkish sentimentality but here it is given as tender performance as one can imagine.

For those who have listened to Horowitz, Rachmaninov or other great "golden age" pianists and thought that they would never hear the like again, you must search out the concerts of this pianist. He is no carbon copy machine and clearly just feels the music in a very emotional but tasteful way. The Chopin Mazurka is as dancelike as one could wish and the Schubert Impromptus (sadly the first of the D899 set is not included but this is the only criticism I have of this wonderful disc) is like listening to a song recital. The Schumann glows with tender beauty and Gomez-Mansur is delicate personified in the Traumerei - this is not only an evocation of a dream but the playing that dreams are made of!

Perhaps the most marvellous display of completely self-effacing musicianship and virtuosity comes in the Rachmaninov preludes (Opp.32/4, 10, 12 & Op.23/5). From the fiendish delicacy Op.32/4 to the more extrovert Op.23/5, no difficulties are audible from a technical or musical perspective - one just feels as though you and only you are being sung to by someone deeply in love with the music. The Scriabin is no less fine and makes a fitting and parallel conclusion to the opening of this great disc.

I must warn all budding pianists (and, indeed many seasoned performers) that this disc will make you green with envy at the same time as filling your heart and ears with delight - this cannot be heard too many times!

All this could have been ruined by less than pristine sound but Avanti give us crystal clear sound of a very fine Steinway that flatters (without deception) of the glorious playing that caresses the ear.

I am very eager to hear more from this wonderful talent.

Copyright © 2007 John Broggio and HRAudio.net

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