Pianist Andrius Zlabys gave a fantastic recital on May 22 at the Phillips. Most notably, Bach’s “Partita No. 6 in E minor, BWV 830″ was clear, strong, musical, and profoundly heartfelt. Chopin’s “Scherzo No. 1 in B minor, Op. 20″ and Prokofiev’s “Piano Sonata No. 7 in Bb Major, Op. 83″ were also close to stellar – not flawless, but very much alive with the burdens of their origins. However, the part that stuck with me and many others in the audience the most was the simple, breathtakingly beautiful encore – “Für Alina” by Arvo Pärt.
Below is the recording of Zlabys’s encore along with some of the other great encores from this season of Sunday Concerts.
Click below to listen to Zlabys performing “Für Alina.”
Harpist Bridget Kibbey performing her own arrangement of “Tis’ So Sweet.”
Anna Bulkina playing Frédéric Chopin’s “Étude Op. 10, No.1 in C Major.”
Pianist Sara Daneshpour performing “5 Pieces for Piano” by the Israeli composer, Paul Ben-Haim.
–Casey Fox Smith, Music Program Intern