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Published date: July 10, 2017
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Young Critic Review: Domonkos Csabay

The Lichfield Festival Young Critics are all aged 18 and under.  They attend a number of events at the Lichfield Festival and send us their review within 24 hours.  

Domonkos Csabay 

Saturday 8 July, Wade Street Church

At home, I am very fond of playing the piano and so I was therefore looking forward to going to hear the young pianist, Domonkos Csabay, from Hungary playing at Wade Street Church in Lichfield.

One of the most impressive pieces, Fantasy in C major (Wanderer) was twenty two minutes long . Csabay played with lightness and energy. Delicate and wavering, just like a dream – the left hand and the right wove together and it sounded very pretty. Despite being a major and a mostly happy piece, there was a section in the middle which sounded much slower and more melancholy. There were also sudden moments where the volume increased abruptly then quiet ended again as if the piece itself was embarrassed for being too loud. It sounded very intricate and technical but was played masterfully despite the fact that Csabay barely looked at the piano keys.

The next piece couldn’t have sounded more different. It was a piece from Bartók and was very modern in comparison. It felt very discordant as there were many pauses as well as sudden accelerations in the tempo. I could not hear any pattern in the music and the notes didn’t feel like they fitted together. I found it interesting that each composer’s music is so different from each other.

My favourite piece, however, was the final one by Debussy called Images Oubliées. Oubliées means forgotten and  therefore it sounded nostalgic and sad. There was a lot of slurring of the notes, a lot of pedal and the repetitive sections gave a sense of echoes and reflections which, to me, fitted the theme. However, the second part was much more lively and frantic.

The audience were very enthusiastic and appreciative of the talent of this young artist and I felt privileged to have heard this pianist.


By Emily Robson