Winner of the Queen Elisabeth Competition, Denis Kozhukhin delivered a fine meal of Russian piano playing to the folks of Boston.
For fans of the Russian school of piano playing, with its broad tonal palette and rich vein of fantasy, the place to be on Wednesday night was Pickman Hall at the Longy School of Music, where pianist Denis Kozhukhin gave one of those soup-to-nuts, Baroque-to-Modern programs favored by his countrymen from Anton Rubinstein to Vladimir Horowitz.
Plenty of Russian was heard in the aisles as a home crowd gathered to hear the much-decorated but still-young artist, presented by Celebrity Series of Boston.
Kozhukhin’s highly original interpretations embraced substantial works by Brahms, Rachmaninoff, Franck, and Prokofiev, and he opened each half of his program with a Haydn sonata for good measure. Encores by Soler and Scarlatti added the Baroque component. read more at bostonclassicalreview.com