By Mike Telin
Cleveland, OH — August 1, 2011
Five pianists played in the penultimate session of the second round on Monday afternoon.
Marina Baranova (30, Ukraine/Germany) gave sensitive and stylish readings of Scarlatti’s Sonatas in C Major (K.159) and f minor (k.466). Her discrete use of pedal and clear articulations, combined with some nice ornamentation, made for pleasurable listening. Continuing with two works of Schumann, the ABEGG Variations, Op. 1 and Faschingsschwank aus Wien, Op. 26 Ms. Baranova once again showed her technical command of the instrument, and made easy and clean work of the numerous rapid scale passages in both pieces. In general she approached the ABEGG Variations from an introspective point of view, creating some beautiful phrasing and lovely articulations. These fine qualities also featured in her performance of Faschingsschwank aus Wien, along with grand fortissimos. [Read more…]