The biennial Eurovision Young Musician competition got underway yesterday. 18 musicians slogging it out for the top prize, the final at Edinburgh’s Usher Hall on Thursday next week.
I watched Semi-Final 2 and 3 back on YouTube this morning. Two definite finalist emerges from this semi-final and one possible winner. See below.
Hungary – Máté Bencze, saxophone
Demersseman Fantasy on an original theme
JS Bach Allegro from Sonata in g minor BVWV 1020
Iturralde Pequeña Czarda
Has great dramatic range in the first piece – nimble shifts of tone and dynamic, but there are times when it feels like he’s playing to himself. Great support – maintains a line rather beautifully. More engaging than the flautist. Really opens up in the Bach – great precision and delicacy. Works hard in the third piece and maintains that same love of dramatic dynamic shift. This performance has grown on me. Possible finalist.
Greece – Athanasios Tzanetakis, guitar
Kellner Fantasia in d minor
Walton Bagatelle No 3 & 5 from Five Bagatelles for Guitar
Llobet Variaciones Sobre un Tema de Fernando Sor
Remarkable. Compelling. Incredibly still. Intimate feel. The detail is stunning. Finalist.
Israel – Tamir Naaman-Pery, cello
Popper Hungarian Rhapsody Op 68
Cassado – Preludio-Fantasia from Suite for Cello
Strong spirited playing with a much louder instrument. He’s someone I want to hear play more. He’s not my favourite but he is terribly good. Finalist.