Semi-final four and I’m feeling very tired (possibly because I watched semi-finals two and three back to back two hours before number four).
Some stunning musicians in this semi-final – a mesmerising percussionist, and a strong violinist both of whom knock previous finalist predictions off the list.
Although I don’t like the raspy tone he produces, I do wonder whether Albania’s Klaudio Zoto could be a potential winner.
Estonia – Tanel-Eiko Novikov, percussion
Sibelius Kuusi Op 75/5
Piazzolla Verano porteño
A mesmerising musician throughout. Communicates with the audience. Takes his time preparing for each piece. Stylish. Sophisticated. Nimble. Finalist (in place of Israeli cellist who I’m less convinced about now).
Belgium – Alexandra Cooreman, violin
Beethoven Presto from Sonata for piano and violin Op 23
Remarkably confident and assertive performer. Very strong. Plays from her core in a way with a reliability that is magnetic. The Tchaikovsky makes her shine more than the Beethoven. I think she pips Slovenia’s violinist into the final.
Albania – Klaudio Zoto, cello
Grieg Cello Sonata
Popper Hungarian Rhapsody
Incredibly expressive playing – ‘tidier’ playing than the Israeli cellist. Captivating performance. I’m just not a big fan of the scratching cello sound in the fortissimo sections – a consequence of the instrument, I suspect. Finalist. Great hair. He could be a winner.