In April, 2017, we attended am extraordinary concert at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco. I blogged about it in more detail than usual because I found it so incredibly moving. The concert featured the work of pianist Denis Kozhukhin, and his encore was transcendent. That encore performance remains, to this day, the single most presentation of beauty I’ve ever experienced in the arts.
This week I found a YouTube video from 2014 of Denis Kozhukhin performing that piece, the Gluck’s Me’lodie from Orpheo ed Euridice: Dance of the Blessed Spirits. I am including it here. While this recording is simply gorgeous, three years later, in 2017, his interpretation of the piece had matured into one of the most remarkable performances I’ve ever hears.
Take a moment to experience a thing of beauty.
Here is another of his performances, a recent one, that is also wonderful.