Polish folk flourishes in hands of Kazakh piano queen

ALBUM REVIEW: Mazurkas From Chopin to Ades, Dina Duisen, Piano "It takes time to develop a relationship (in a musical partnership and) you have to stay sensitive all the time" Kazakhstan-born pianist Dina Duisen The soothing piano chords of Mazurkas from Chopin to Ades make more perfect listening when the clocks go back an hour, rather than forward as they will this weekend. Mazurkas, a series of Polish folk dances which began in the countryside around Warsaw from about the 16th century, take on a life of their own in the hands of the Master of Arts in performance graduate from London’s Royal Academy of Music. The album itself is made up of 26 piano pieces composed by a collection of famous

King's Lynn Festival successful 'Coffee concert'

Lynn News columnist Andy Tyler has praised the performances at the recent King’s Lynn Festival Coffee Concert. All the elements which to me, makes for a successful recital, came together at the recent King’s Lynn Festival Coffee Concert given by Alessandro Ruisi, violin, and Dina Duisen, piano. In his review he writes: All the elements which to me, makes for a successful recital, came together at the concert given by Alessandro Ruisi, violin, and Dina Duisen, piano. Two excellent works, Mozart’s, Violin Sonata in B Flat, K.454 and Schumann’s troubled and passionate sonata in A minor, Op.105, a work I didn’t know, were performed – and I am always delighted to encounter such a piece not previo

Spalding Guardian - When simple things add up to something special

CONCERT REVIEW: South Holland Concerts - Alessandro Ruisi (Violin) and Dina Duisen (Piano), South Holland Centre, Spalding The final recital in the 32nd season of South Holland Concerts featured violinist Alessandro Ruisi and pianist Dina Duisen on a night when the classics shone. Piano and violin sonatas by Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms flowed easily from the strings of Alessandro, first violinist in the Ruisi Quartet which also features his brother Max. But the expert piano playing of Kazakhstan-born Dina added a refreshing dimension, especially so in Beethoven’s Violin Sonata no.7 on C minor, described by Alessandro as a “schizophrenic work”. “We always love playing that piece but it’s qui

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