Eric Himy

Triberg, Germany

Hammering thunder and ecstatic explosions

By Siegfried Kouba
( In German )
Triberg. The third evening of chamber music festivals Triberger was a salute to the 200th Birth of Franz Liszt. As an outstanding black and white keys of the Titan proved Eric Himy.

Among his contributions, he provided music history and related information with twinkling humor. Noticeable was his total internalization of compositional styles and his peculiarity of the long reverb with interpretive urge. Unconventional linking of unrelated pieces that flowed into each other attacca. In the Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2, he went with his subjective motifs beyond the level which affected this part as unintentionally funny accents.

What the composer of the evening have in common? Ferenc Liszt was teaching the Italians Giovanni Sgambati, Schubert and Wagner lured Liszts handling urge. Liszt and Debussy were kindred spirits, which were similar in the expressive phrase - the one full of romantic exuberance, the other a modern impressionist. Saint-Saens, Liszt and Vladimir Horowitz were to be the inventor and editor of the "Danse Macabre" and close with Liszt, Chopin was well known.

Although the Polish-French composer him as a "pianistic zero", called Liszt was the number 1 on European stages and in the salons. Niccolo Paganini, the passionate virtuosity on the piano, he was wearing and what it came out, the visitors were allowed in the Lazarus-Hall-of-Schwendi enjoy in gigantic proportions.

Eric Himy proved himself a master of sound rush of piano strings up to thundering fortissimo. A lot of sensitivity was in the "Harmonies du soir" feel. The whole spectrum of feelings was harrowing at the "Valse oubliée No. 1" and from the depth revealed by cruel, hammering thunder of explosions and ecstatic "Funerailles". Were also linked to Schubert's "Serenade" and Wagner's "Liebestod." It would only have to open a curtain and Bayreuth would have been perfect.

An intimate declaration of love was the Petrarch Sonnet 47, which the Hungarian rhapsody sounded suddenly. To jewelry factory Sgambatis "Melody d'Orfeo" was (after Gluck) and the "Danse Macabre", which probably succeeded too macabre, the pianist was itself skillfully of stylistic changes to Debussy, whose disparate works as a suite rang out. The combination of the slow waltz "La plus que lente" (rubato / morbidezza) and the famous "Cake Walk" (Children's Corner) matched offered if their humor together and dream-like atmosphere "The girl with the flaxen hair" and the impressionistic celebrity "L 'isle Joyeuse ". A great design succeeded to the interpreter of Chopin's "Fantaisie-Impromptu" and of the internal processing of Larghettos from the first piano concerto.