Los Angeles Times about Khatia Buniatishvili – “A genuine musical personality”
22 July, 2019
Los Angeles Times has recently reviewed the Los Angeles Philharmonic celebration at the Hollywood Bowl marking Gustavo Dudamel’s 10 years with the orchestra. Gustavo Adolfo Dudamel Ramírez is a Venezuelan conductor and violinist. He is the music director of the Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. According to the review, the evening surpassed all the previous days and “Classical music took on new meaning”.

The evening soloist was a Georgian pianist Khatia Buniatishvili. Despite her shoulder injury, the
Georgian pianist brought the feeling of the old days of Romanticism with her glamorous style while playing the Tchaikovsky concerto: “In her own way, Buniatishvili was as born for the Bowl as Dudamel”.

“She has been compared to Marilyn Monroe in the way she has marketed her figure in fashion shoots and her gowns onstage. She has promoted her emoting in videos that have made her the laughingstock of sophisticates. At her youthful, self-absorbed worst, she can be pretty hard to take seriously.”

According to the review, Khatia Buniatishvili is an extraordinary pianist with a great technique and musicality, calling her a “genuine musical personality”. The way she was performing made the audience think that the piano was playing itself.

“At the Bowl, she seemed less a Vogue cover girl than maybe someone who belonged on the cover of “Anna Karenina,” a pianist playing classic Tchaikovsky straight out of a classic Russian novel. She was extreme. Fast meant impulsive. The lyrical slow passages of the first movement were moments of expansive reverie.”

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