A virtuoso indeed

A virtuoso indeed

The Forum for Teachers of Western Classical Music recently held a delightful concert by Belarus-born piano virtuoso Natallia Kapylova at St Mark’s Cathedral auditorium recently. It was a treat for lovers of classical music, who paid keen attention to each melodious note and applauded her all through.

An interesting range of classical music was presented, starting with Beethoven’s popular ‘Sonata Op.90 in E Minor’ and ending with ‘Malaguena’ by E Lecuona. The concert also featured three compositions by Bach, Mozart’s ‘Fantasie in D Minor’ and two pieces by Chopin, whose compositions are frequently featured in Natallia’s performances. What made her stand out were the emotions brought out in the music, making each and every piece capable of evoking feelings of awe and beauty in the listener.

“It was a good response for me because the audience received the music really well. I’ve been playing Chopin and Russian music in my previous sets but I picked pieces ranging from baroque to romantic to pure classical for this one. I’m glad that Bangalore understands music so well,” said Natallia after the concert.

The pieces that were chosen were quite unusual for such a concert and music lovers, both young and old, enjoyed what they heard. Some of them were musicians themselves and admired her skillful renditions while music students watched in awe as she played one perfect note after
another.

“Natallia’s performance was exquisite and demanding and I enjoyed an hour of the most amazing music, thanks to her. Those who couldn’t attend this concert really missed something. I hope she plays more often,” said Ashwin Prabhakaran, the regional coordinator of Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.

Mariola Tauro, a music teacher in the audience, said, “Natallia displayed brilliant technique, great dynamics and exceptional range in her performance. Chopin’s pieces were played with sensitivity but my favourite piece was Liszt’s ‘Liebestraum’.”
 Rohit Biddappa, a music lover, said, “She played with great passion and that was evident in the music as it struck an evocative chord in me. You need such passion to keep music, the arts and culture alive and to connect with the younger generation.”
“Natallia’s performance was absolutely outstanding. She played with so much emotion that you could literally see it flowing between her and the piano,” opined Sonia Serrao, a piano
student.

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