Reviewer: Nicole Evans
It’s the last day at Latitude Festival and tents are already beginning to be packed away. With the tiredness of a busy weekend starting to set in, the prospect of anything particularly energetic to kick off the day is far from the minds of most.
Tucked away in the woods at the Sunrise Arena, far away from the more lively offerings on the main stages, Lubomyr Melnyk takes his seat at his Grand Piano. The fastest pianist on record, with a staggering 19.5 notes per second, he seems like the perfect choice of act to while away the first hour of a sleepy-Sunday.
An equal split of those choosing to stand at the railings and those opting for a more leisurely lie on a picnic blanket fill the canopy-covered haven as the relaxing notes of five separate continuous pieces float around us. A personal favourite of the hour is Butterfly, a beautiful and lively composition evoking striking summery imagery and allowing minds to wander to peaceful, scenic places.
Although battling with the downside of the speakers being more geared up for thumping DJ sets, and therefore possessing too much bass for the pieces in question, Melnyk’s outstanding classical techniques are enough to take away from the slight flaws and not a word is spoken by the transfixed, and now thoroughly chilled-out, crowd.
Melnyk’s life-long devotion to the piano certainly shines through and his music truly provides the perfect escape from reality; it’s just a shame he can’t return this evening to play us into a tranquil sleep.
Reviewed on 16 July 2017 | Image: Contributed
Latitude Festival runs from 13 – 16 July 2017 at Henham Park, Suffolk