Yesterday the 1st edition of Valletta International Piano Festival was launched. I attended the opening concert which took place in St. Paul’s Pro-Cathedral in Valletta. For all of you out there in Malta who enjoy classical music, it is a good occasion to see live performances of young and established pianists as well. The concerts are taking places almost everyday and some of them are free.
Yesterday one was performed by Russian pianist Yuri Didenko and it had a quite varied programme. I enjoyed it, the only thing which annoyed me a bit was the guy who was announcing the programme. Some of the pieces performed were inspired by poems. It was nice to hear them before the piano performance but what I didn’t like was listening to them just before each , single piece instead before the whole concert. It spoiled the whole structure of the concert as some of the pieces were part of longer piece or opus and you should listen to them as a whole, not disturbed. Also, if I were the pianist performing it, I would be quite cross with the organisers who broke the artist’s focus every time he finished the piece. It looked more like an event with music and poetry, not really well read, I have to add, instead of proper piano recital without unnecessary commentary. Music should speak for itself…It doesn’t need a translator….