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Till Fellner, Wigmore Hall

Till Fellner, Wigmore Hall

Elegant performances from a gentleman pianist

Till Fellner's ear for detail makes an artful musical argument compellingBenjamin Ealovega

Much like Beethoven’s Piano Sonata in G, Op 79, with which he started the programme, I’ll get straight to the point. Till Fellner is a very good pianist. To demonstrate this, I’d like to jump to the last sonata of five we heard in this all-Beethoven programme last night: the Piano Sonata in E flat, Op 7. When you look at this music on the page, you could easily see this piece becoming a bumptious triplet-fest of mind-numbing proportions. When it is  in the capable and stylish hands of someone like Fellner, it turns into an artful musical argument, with unexpected turns at every corner and moments of gentle filigree that belie the technique and musicality beneath.

Fellner’s use of the soft pedal is perfect enough that you stop breathing for the last phrase or so.

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