Igor Lovchinsky recital/concert 

Charge them $5 a ticket the day before the concert, and they will come in droves. That's what the APA did for their fifth Fellowship Award recital featuring 25-year-old Russian pianist Igor Lovchinsky, followed by the usual two-work concert with Lovchinsky and the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra under Kirk Trevor. Extra seats had to be brought into the Indianapolis Museum of Art's Deer Zink Events Pavilion to accommodate the overflow. Lovchinsky is yet another virtuosic marvel, especially in his seemingly effortless attack on Scriabin's daunting, one-movement Sonata No. 5, Op. 53. He began with one of Bach's earliest surviving works, Capriccio on the Departure of His Beloved Brother. Filled with French-Baroque style mordents, the six-section work belies the mature Bach we know and love so well. Lovchinsky's recital ended with four Chopin pieces: two polonaises and two mazurkas - including the famous "Heroic" Polonaise in A-flat, Op. 53. The young pianist's tempo here seemed slightly runaway and over-pedaled, revealing a few slips therein. Trevor and his forces began their half with a crisp but somewhat lackluster account of Mendelssohn's bewitching Hebrides (or Fingal's Cave) Overture, Op. 35. Lovchinsky then joined them for Shostakovich's Piano Concerto No. 1 with an obbligato played by ICO principal trumpeter Daniel Gosling. Lovchinsky seemed at home with a work of his fellow countryman, while Gosling's trumpet sounded a bit muted in the Deer Zink acoustic.

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