Evgenia Rubinova gastierte mit ihrem Beethoven&Liszt Programm in der Alten Oper. Als "eindringlich, emotional packend" beschreibt die Kritik das Konzert.
Im Gespräch mit Andreas Radlmaier spricht Evgenia Rubinova über Wunderkinder, die russische Seele und das Versichern von Händen.
Das Interview können Sie hier lesen.
Ost-West-Brücke zum 100. Geburtstag von Leonard Bernstein
Meisterwerke von Bernstein, Gershwin, Rachmaninoff und Lutoslawski
11.9. Trento / 5.11. Parktheater Augsburg / 8.2.2019 Böblingen
Bernhard Neuhoff, Bayerischer Rundfunk Klassik, CD Tip
“Evgenia Rubinova reacts to all the musical surprises with split-second alertness, imbuing the phrases with three-dimensional contour; she lets the melodies breathe freely, and she has a good sense for Beethoven’s dry,
occasionally boisterous humor.”
Michael Dellith, Frankfurter Neue Presse
“A recording that makes classical music fans perk up their ears.”
Rainer W. Janka, klassik-heute.com
“…with blossoming lyricism, delicate poetry and yearning reverie, but especially with melodious attack and glowing timbre”
Stefan Schickhaus, Wiesbaden Kurier
“Rubinova’s delivery of the cycle is transparent and at the same time energetic, also allowing for a more rough tone at times. Here the Beethoven pendulum swings widely to‑and‑fro between a Distant Beloved sort of Romanticism and a more earthy type of humor.
Evgenia Rubinova, the poet at the piano,
plays a cleverly conceived Beethoven/Liszt programme.
Johannes Saltzwedel LiteraturSPIEGEL, März 2017
Evgenia Rubinova, Alexander Sitkovetsky, Peijun Xu and Jens-Peter Maintz have decided to form a chamber music ensemble of distinguished rank, combining their inspired energy and their wide range of sonorities to create a dynamic, expressive musical entity. The quartet’s recital programmes for the upcoming seasons will feature works by Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Brahms, Fauré, Mahler and Bridge.
Gregor Willmes wrote: “The pianist interprets Prokofiev with a clarity reminiscent of counterpoint, finely differentiated down to the smallest dynamic nuance. Her playing, however, is never academic and dry, but always melodious: she finds great pleasure in revealing a great variety of sonorities. This is a new benchmark recording.” Similar praise came from Carsten Dürer in Piano News: “Rubinova gorgeously illuminates the themes and colors. A truly outstanding recording!”
Good news! Another review brimming with praise has just been published. Bryce Morrison writes in Gramophone Magazine: “Throughout her challenging programme the pianist plays with total empathy and assurance. [...] Her performance, freer than many other more severely metronomic offerings, is masterly.”
Remy Franck wrote in Pizzicato magazine: “She achieves utmost intensity in those passages where she is allowed to contrast Prokofiev’s expressive lyricism with the playful irony of his modern musical style. This results in breathtaking vitality: at no point can the listener remain indifferent. [...] This Prokofiev interpretation is a true challenge, and that’s exciting!”
The Alte Oper concert hall in Frankfurt am Main devoted one of its “Interpreter Portraits” to Evgenia Rubinova, comprising a solo recital, a concert with orchestra and two chamber music evenings she shared with Veronika Eberle and Michael Sanderling.
Evgenia Rubinova’s Rachmaninoff CD received rave reviews. Here are some quotes from classical radio station recommendations:
NDR Kultur, CD-Neuheiten, Philipp Cavert, 11 March 2012
“The first measures immediately show that this recording is something special. What a piano touch! With just a few ingredients, Evgenia Rubinova creates a magical atmosphere. […] Her thoroughly lyrical approach to Rachmaninov makes the music sound inconceivable any other way. […] Here, emotion and intellect in Rachmaninov’s music are in ideal balance!”
HR2-kultur, Der CD-Tipp, Eva Blaskewitz, 11 April 2012
“She plays the B Flat Minor Sonata with gripping intensity, yet her touch is adroitly light. She makes the colors in this music glow, but never to the point of becoming too glaring or too brash. […] Technical brilliance and expressive nuance […] Highly recommended!”
WDR 3, TonArt, Karen Voß, 11 May 2012
“This is world class piano playing! […] She and the piece seem to have become warm friends who have reached a profound mutual understanding within a relationship that seems almost human. […] The pianist remains convincing throughout: she agrees to embark on Rachmaninov’s emotional roller-coaster rides, but does not lose control for one second.”
ORF, “CD Selection of the Day”, 01 May 2012
“Rubinova teaches us to listen to Rachmaninov. Her version of Rachmaninov is bright and clear, without any sort of sentimental ooziness or superficiality. That is exactly why her interpretation is so profoundly moving, and that is how the early Moments Musicaux and the 2nd Piano Sonata sound in her hands. Indeed, this German-Russian pianist even manages to imbue Rachmaninov’s Kreisler arrangements with sparkling wit.”
Prokofiev’s Piano Sonata No. 4, Scriabin’s Fantasia and Rachmaninov’s Moments musicaux op. 16 were the programme Rubinova selected for a recital in Norwich. In spite of transportation difficulties that hampered her arrival, the event was a resounding success. The recital was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3. Excerpts can be heard here.
Albrecht Mayer is Principal Oboist of the Berlin Philharmonic and one of the world’s most renowned performers in his field. With him, Evgenia Rubinova gave a series of recitals in cities including Frankfurt, Hannover, Munich und Düsseldorf, as well at the Mosel, Middle Rhine and Engadin Festivals.
Evgenia Rubinova performed the Ravel Piano Concerto in the sold-out Staatsoper in Hannover. She was accompanied by Hannover State Orchestra conducted by Karen Kamensek.
It is an honor and a great joy to work together with one of the top Berlin orchestras. Evgenia Rubinova performed in the Berlin Philharmonie with Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Marcus Bosch. The audience applauded her rendition of Shostakovich’s First Piano Concerto with standing ovations! This is the third time Evgenia Rubinova performs in the Berlin Philharmonie.
Evgenia Rubinova performed Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto three times in the course of one weekend at the Cologne Philharmonie, accompanied by the Gürzenich Orchestra conducted by John Axelrod. Olaf Weiden wrote in the daily newspaper Kölnische Rundschau: “Evgenia Rubinova beguiles the audience with her energetic, hands-on approach, her brilliant technique and her professional sensitivity as she reacts to the orchestra’s every move”. You can hear a recording of that performance here.
Evgenia Rubinova performed Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto with the Frankfurt Museum Orchestra conducted by James Gaffigan. You can view a recording of the Hessischer Rundfunk broadcast here.
Evgenia Rubinova stood in for Hélène Grimaud at the Royal Festival Hall with Schumann’s Piano Concerto, with the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Vladimir Jurowski. The concert was a great success.
George Hamilton wrote in The Independent: “To watch from close range as Rubinova’s athletic hands scampered up and down the Steinway, for all the world like the squirrels we‘d enjoyed in Kensington Gardens in the sunshine of the afternoon, was an absolute highlight.“ And Geoff Diggines wrote in Musicweb-international.com: “... reminding me in parts of older pianists like Clara Haskil, or even Arrau ...”
Evgenia Rubinova has been invited several times to return and perform in Manchester once again with the Hallé, one of the UK’s most time-honored, renowned orchestras. Most recently, she teamed up with them on five occasions in Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto. The conductor was Okku Kamu, who has previously collaborated with the likes of Sviatoslav Richter and Mstislav Rostropovich.
In the BBC’s widely hailed Discovering Music series, Evgenia Rubinova presented Rachmaninov’s Piano Sonata No. 2 on 19 August 2006. Excerpts can be heard here.
Evgenia Rubinova participated in the “Franz Liszt Piano Night” at Kiel Castle, performing works including Liszt’s arrangement of the Bach Prelude and Fugue in C Major BWV 545 and Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 in C Sharp Minor.
Evgenia Rubinova’s appearance at the world’s largest piano festival was a success. Her programme: Brahms’s Seven Fantasias op. 116, Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 and Rachmaninov’s Six Moments Musicaux op. 16.
Under the heading “A true pleasure to hear”, Renate Scheler wrote in the daily Westfälische Allgemeinen Zeitung: “Listening to her, you felt like a stroller sauntering along the streets of our time-honored, well-known Western musical tradition. [...] Evgenia Rubinova was entirely convincing: at the end of her recital she was hailed with extended rounds of applause.”
Rubinova’s performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 was met with rounds of applause in Weilburg Castle Chapel. You can hear excerpts from that performance here.
The Ordensaal in Ludwigsburg Castle was full to the last seat when Evgenia Rubinova gave a piano recital with works by Haydn, Mendelssohn and Rachmaninov.
With the Vienna Chamber Orchestra conducted by Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Evgenia Rubinova performed the Mozart Piano Concerto in A Major No. 23, K488.
Beethoven’s Fifth Piano Concerto was on that evening’s programme. Evgenia Rubinova performed at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic conducted by John Wilson.
The 6,000 seats at the Royal Albert Hall were sold out. The audience had come in order to hear Evgenia Rubinova in Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concert No. 1. She was accompanied by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic under conductor Owain Arwel Hughes. The audience and the critics were thrilled: “But it was Evgenia Rubinova’s quite incredible performance of Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto which made the evening.” (Daily Post, 11 October 2004)
The Leeds International Piano Competition is one of the most renowned and demanding events of its kind worldwide. In 2003, Evgenia Rubinova won Second Prize. To measure the extent of that accomplishment, several former prizewinners can be mentioned: Radu Lupu (1st Prize, 1969), Murray Perahia (First Prize, 1972), Mitsuko Uchida (Second Prize, 1975), Andras Schiff (Third Prize, 1975) and Boris Berezovsky (Fourth Prize, 1987).
Evgenia Rubinova won the Silver Medal! You can view the final round here.