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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Great Expectations




Young violinist Yelena Revich, the concertmaster of Yury Bashmet's Moscow Soloists Chamber Orchestra, shot to recognition during the Tchaikovsky Competition last summer. She made a name for herself not just for her poetical, sensitive style, but also because of the slight whiff of scandal about the illness that made her postpone her final performance (and preventing her from winning a prize).


Revich performs solo rarely and complains that she "has lacked opportunity to appear as a serious musician and a virtuoso at the same time."


With her program of French music at the Maria Yernolova Apartment-Museum on Sunday, she hopes to assert both her talents. She has been invited to play with Vladimir Skanavi, one of the most authoritative ensemble pianists who at one time or another has played alongside almost all the leading Russian musicians.


Two Ravel sonatas will get the recital under way. The Second Sonata has gained its enviable reputation for its combination of impressionistic, jazz-based blues and sparkling perpetuum mobile, and will be complemented by a less well-known sentimental early sonata.


In the second part of the recital Revich and Skanavi will play Cesar Franck's sonata. A few years ago, during her examination at the Conservatory, Revich provoked lively debate with her peculiar approach to the piece.


"I made the tempos of the movements very different so that it wasn't a salon type of music," Revich says. "Those who considered it incorrect were just the slaves of tradition."


Elena Revich and Vladimir Skanavi will play at the Maria Yermolova Apartment-Museum on Sunday at 6 p.m., 11 Tverskoi Bulvar. M. Tverskaya. Tel. 488-8892/8856 (New Classic Stars Agency).


- Mikhail Zhirmunsky