The Phillips Assortment has supplied a blistering lineup of digital concert events this spring. Paavali Jumppanen was the most recent to look by stream this Sunday, in a recital that was delayed by every week. The Finnish piano virtuoso recorded this daring and fulfilling program at Sello Corridor in Espoo, Finland.
Calling Jumppanen a “virtuoso” could also be underselling his presents, as he typically doesn’t commerce merely on technical feats. The alternatives typically thrilled, after all, particularly the three actions from the primary a part of Bartók’s Out of Doorways. With an avoidance of pedal and a hard-edged contact, the primary motion (“With Drums and Pipes”) rocked and rolled its means by many percussive patterns.
Legato operating notes within the second motion (“Barcarolla”) washed over Jumpannen’s delicate harping on discordant notes that peeped out of the feel. The third motion (“Musettes”) featured many jarring sonorities, over drones evoking the country people devices talked about within the title. Jumppanen fastidiously voiced the advanced harmonies, even at loud textures, which made for insightful listening.
Probably the most difficult piece, Schubert’s Wanderer Fantasy, was on the coronary heart of this program, which “explores the concept of human interior experiences being projected onto nature by music,” based on the pianist’s program notice. Nature is chilly and alienating within the music that Schubert quoted within the central Adagio motion of this daunting piece, a brief part of his track “Der Wanderer.”
Jumppanen’s beefy sound made the primary motion good and boisterous. Different pianists might be able to deal with the piece with a extra easy fluidity, however Jumppanen dissected the work’s motifs, typically referring to the track, not but heard within the piece, with intelligence. The somber Adagio motion rumbled like a dirge, with a clouded tone and potent bass notes.
Sudden rubato stretched and pulled the tempo in a caress, and the extra forceful elements exhibited a fierce wildness. The finale, which opens with a mini-fugue, swept by with orchestral vastness, as Jumppanen pursued the utmost impact by racing tempos and crushing assaults. The narrator of the Schubert track could have felt outcast “I’m a stranger all over the place”, however in Jumppanen’s interpretation, he had a preventing spirit.
Wind and snow results abounded in three Debussy items that opened the live performance. In “The Snow is Dancing,” from Kids’s Nook, Jumppanen favored a forthright sound relatively than the translucent pastels typically utilized to the composer’s music. The identical method enlivened two preludes, with enigmatic drive in “Le Vent dans la plaine” and moody gloom in “Des pas sur la neige.”
For this recital the Phillips Assortment commissioned a brand new piece from Outi Tarkiainen, With no Hint, heard in its world premiere. “Immortal Prints,” a 1978 portray by Richard Pousette-Dart within the museum’s assortment offered the Finnish composer with a place to begin. That summary work led her to a poem, “the herd scatters” by Sámi artist Nils-Aslak Valkeapää.
The piece has a number of atmospheric sections, referred to as “listening episodes” by the composer, with Jumppanen accenting keyboard-generated notes with strings plucked or muted or overwhelmed contained in the piano. Utilizing a microphone, he recited the poem (in English translation) in a shamanic whisper throughout the musical silences. The phrases ceased in contrasting sections, marked by an obsessive motif in right-hand repeated notes, with the left hand including trills and crossing above and under the left.
A keyboard-spanning arpeggio, recalling the overtone harmonic sequence, swept slowly upward within the last part, barely altered over repetitions as the basic notice rose up the keyboard. This appeared to correspond with the ultimate strains of the poem, concerning the shut presence of the solar in historical instances, which generated colours in nature and even the “yoiks of our hearts,” a reference to a standard type of Sámi music. Hole mallet strokes and scratching sounds on the sounding board added a mysterious ingredient to the conclusion.
“The Forest Stream,” a miniature pastoral piece by Australian composer Miriam Hyde, introduced the listener again to the pleasures of nature after the extra menacing music of the Schubert fantasy. It was a nod to Jumppanen’s lengthy love affair with Australia and its music. In 2022, he’ll transfer to Melbourne, the place he takes up the place of creative director on the Australian Nationwide Academy of Music.
This recording might be streamed, together with many different recordings from the museum’s digital season. phillipscollection.org