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Ilya Itin

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Ilya Itin pess reviews

"A great master, his style combines ample technique, maturity, lyric fantasy, and liberty." Le Monde 

"...great charm, finely controlled color and moments of emotive power."
The Washington Post U.S.A.

"Mr. Itin's sound was lovely and delicate ... obviously a gifted performer."
New York Times U.S.A.

"Itin is a master: his tone graded to the tiniest detail and embued with wide expressive range indeed."
The Jerusalem Post Israel

"...pianist Itin illuminated the concerto he played with unquestionably perfect technique and sensitive understanding of the art (music)."
Der Tagesspiegel Berlin, Germany

"There was no doubt that Itin was the outstanding performer, with a wonderful range of colour, a truly imaginative way with texture and phrasing, and a supreme technical command."
The Guardian London, England

US Reviews

"IIya Itin, first-prize winner of the Robert Casadesus Ninth International Piano Competition, played with velvet touch, beautiful tone, romantic temperament and virtuoso technique yesterday at the Cleveland Institute of Music. A poet at the keyboard, Itin molded each musical element with such sensitive nuance and expressive rubato that he seemed incapable of shaping a prosaic phrase.

Itin made Debussy's Estampes into delicious dream music of liquid lyricism and flowing rhythm. In Chopin's Nocturne in C minor, Op.48 No.1, Itin denied the percussive nature of the piano by making melodies sing and harmonies melt. In Chopin's Barcarolle in F sharp major, Op.60, he revealed his mastery of rubato. After the intermission, Itin turned his attention to Rachmaninoff, a composer for whom he has a clear affinity. In two preludes from Opus 32 the pianist sounded as though he had come home to mother Russia after a long journey through fascinating but foreign musical territory. In Rachmaninoff's Sonata No.2 Op.36 he unleashed his virtuosity and brought down the house."

The Cleveland Plain Dealer