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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Easy as Pie




Pianist Basinia Shulman's approach to playing Mozart is almost dismissive.


"His music is easy and pleasant, and the concertos are not going to be tiring," she says of the program she will perform twice over the next two weeks.


A quick learner, Shulman says that after an hour of learning a new Mozart composition she is already well into her stride. Her claims can be tested Tuesday, when she will be playing Mozart's Concertos No. 12 and 14 for the first time.


"They are rare but deserve the same attention as the more popular late concertos," she says.


As an ideal, she takes the performance of English pianist Malcolm Bilson playing on an instrument of Mozart's time, when the piano's sound had little of its contemporary richness. But Shulman believes that the authentic style of performance "is far from ascetic, allowing a lot of ornamentation and freedom in cadenzas."


Shulman plays with the Cantilena Ensemble under the direction of Andrei Istomin, who also conduct Mozart's Fantasy for String Orchestra.


Pianist Basinia Shulman and conductor Andrei Istomin perform Mozart on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Prechistenka Concert Hall, 23 Ulitsa Prechistenka, Tel. 213-2719, Metro: Kropotkinskaya, and on July 8 at the Kuskovo Estate Museum, 2 Ulitsa Yunosti, Tel. 375-5252, Metro: Ryazansky Prospekt.


- Mikhail Zhirmunsky