Alessandro Taverna: ‘We are living an adventure’

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Italian pianist Alessandro Taverna gave the Cliburn audience its first taste of the competition’s most favored worked on Saturday night — Stravinsky’s Trois mouvements de Petrouchka which could be heard as many as eight times, depending on who makes the semifinals.

“Most people think that his piece is so difficult and so demanding. But I don’t believe that is the first issue,” said the 29-year-old native of Venice. “While I was practicing at home, I also looked at the video of the ballet. Because what we have to keep of this piece is that atmosphere, those colors, that action. It is full of feelings and energy. We also have to remember the plot of this story. We have to be able to capture all this sonority and all these feelings, and, if possible, all the voices of the orchestra. Because this was originally a work for orchestra.”

And how did the performance go overall for Taverna?

“I loved every second of it. We are living an adventure,” he said, beaming.

— Punch Shaw, Special to the Star-Telegram

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