“Lullabies of my sorrows” are what Brahms called his Intermezzi, which are challenging to perform due to their serious nature. They provide a measure for the musical maturity of the interpreter, who must decipher what lies ‘behind the notes’. The Russian pianist Misha Fomin proved with intensity his exceptional affinity with the inner workings of the brilliant series opus 117. Yesterday afternoon he opened the Strabrecht season with a captivating recital. Not hindered by technical obstacles, he displayed his mastery with naturally flowing lines and a lush color palette. Also with a full, warm tone and dynamic breadth, characteristic of the Russian schools. All interpretations were from one entity, organically and clearly structured. In Beethoven’s Mondschein he had to battle against coughing and bleeping phones, but the sonata sounded striking.He played Debussy’s Arabesques romantically and delicately and Ravel’s demanding Alborada with great virtuosity. A highlight was his impassioned plea for Schumann’s famous Fantasie. Fomin knew how to perfectly time the steadily escalating temperaments, and with the magnificently performed “heavenly finale” he touched the hearts of his listeners in the packed venue. He concluded his concert with two overwhelming encores: Prokofiev and Rachmaninov.
Eindhovens Dagblad September 21st 2015