"Delicious sounds at new piano festival"

There could not have been a more varied programme than Thursday night's offering by young Portuguese pianist Vasco Dantas.

Opening with Schumann's Scenes Of Childhood and closing with Mussorgsky's Pictures At An Exhibition, this was a recital of contrasts - from arch simplicity to a vivid play of exotic and, sometimes, disturbing visions.

He possesses the technique and endurance to master the sprawl of these canvasses, and the imagination and palette to colour and characterise each of the 28 short pieces within.

In between, Liszt student Vianna da Motta's delightfully rustic Portuguese Scenes and the fearsome Guido Agosti transcription of three movements from Stravinsky's The Firebird provided further delicious piques for the ears.

A standing ovation from the audience was a just result. Tagged on like encores were Gershwin's Three Preludes, teasing with rhythm and blues, and Dantas' improvisation on the hit song, I Got Rhythm, with motifs from Jingle Bells cheekily inserted.

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"Pianist uses savings to start new Piano Festival"

Home-grown musician Wang Congyu brings internationally acclaimed musicians here for masterclasses to develop young talent (...) "Portuguese Pianist Vasco Dantas who has won more than 50 prizes in International Music Competitions, will be using his class to not just instruct students in performance pieces, but also share his experiences as a young musician and tips on competition preparation and career planning. " (...)

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"German Music with a Portuguese Slant"

November 29 The Chamber Orchestra "KREMLIN", under the direction of its artistic director Misha Rakhlevsky, presented a new program to Moscow music lovers in the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory .