Queen Elisabethcompetition 1999 and a young brat called Vladimir Sverdlov played the Schubert of his lifetime. Awesome, inspiring, poetic. Everybody was convinced he would win or, at least, be in the top three of the competition. When his *sixth* place was announced (see the video here) he was so upset that the handshakes and flowers were tossed away…
Sverdlov, nephew of pianist Vladimir Ashkenazy, by the way, sort of apologized and went on with his career. The very individualistic approach continued as well, working very well in Chopin’s mazurkas and nocturnes, rather less in the sonata, but what stays is the inheritance of the magnificent Schubert sonata D784 Sverdlov played in 1999, luckily preserved on Spotify!
Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
-Piano sonata in a minor D784
(live, Brussels, 1999)
Frederic Chopin (1810-1849)
-Mazurkas op 68 no 2 and op 33 no 4
-Nocturnes op 27 no 2 and op 48 no 1
-Preludes op 28 no 15 to 24
-Ballade no 1 op 23
-Sonata no 2 op 35
-Prelude op posthume
Vladimir Sverdlov, piano
(HTTP link, if you want to play the list on the Spotify Webplayer)
One angry young man...