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Khatia Buniatishvili in recital

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The Georgian piano virtuoso Khatia Bunatiashvili is an artist who makes the weather. Everything she does creates headlines and this Barbican recital promises to be no exception.

After all, it takes something more than just technical bravura to travel from the graceful light and shade of Schubert’s great B-flat major Sonata to the ear-dazzling keyboard pyrotechnics of Liszt at his barnstorming peak.  But if anyone can make that journey, it’s Buniatishvili.

‘She thrills and caresses by turns – and sets the spine a-tingling’ writes Gramophone of Buniatishvili’s Liszt. So who better to bring out the latent drama in three of Liszt’s brilliantly re-imagined transcriptions of Schubert songs, or to unleash the full fantasy and colour of Liszt’s Mazeppa? If these pieces seem familiar, it’s time to discover them anew: there’s no such thing as a warhorse when Bunatiashvili is at the keyboard.

The performance is expected to finish around 9.15pm, including a 20 minute interval.

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