Chiyan Wong’s programme of Mozart, Busoni and Chopin was built on the motifs of magic and mystery. It explored and pursued an astonishing range of sounds, and his performance had mysterious elements which kept the audience wondering how they were possibly produced. Here we were presented an inspirational, stimulating and thought provoking demonstration of sound-making. A wide range of volumes and textures were presented, but among of all them, my favourites were the softest sounds that you’d ever heard, as if they had been preciously wrapped in gossamer tissue. The intimate venue meant that no sound escaped our ears; it must be a daunting exercise for some musicians, performing in a small venue, but it did not hinder Chiyan from building the world of his musical ideas.
In Mozart Fantasy in C minor, Chiyan offered a contrast of moods, dynamism and subtleness, shadow and light, and seriousness and sweetness.
Straight into Busoni’s Nach Mozart; Adagio – based upon ‘Song of the Two Armed Men’ from the Magic Flute, in the same C minor as in the preceding piece. The solemn, ritualistic choral mood was recreated.
It was followed by the same composer’s reworking of Mozart’s Eine Kleine Gigue. Though a complicated rhythmical exercise, Chiyan created a clear melody line that sang and danced.
Chiyan played Chopin’s Piano Sonata No. 3 with tempi slightly slower than what I was used to. However, it certainly gave the impression of more carefree approach in rhythmic and expressive acceleration. As we heard in the previous pieces, his phrases and sounds were well thought out and excellently articulated. This is the second time this Sonata has been performed at Breinton, I wonder when and who will perform it next – I look forward to the occasion!