For the Record with Ayesha Gough

For The Record


Pianist, Ayesha Gough on Liszt…


Lev Vlassenko plays Liszt Transcendental Etude No. 10 in F minor


Franz Liszt’s Twelve Transcendental Etudes, S.139, are works of sheer technical demand and brilliance, yet they extend beyond this with beauty and illustration. Number 10 remains agitated throughout, underpinning an intensely romantic melody with restlessness.


Lev Vlassenko’s recording of this Etude in particular is phenomenal in its sound and ceaseless drama. He captures a perfect balance between superb technical control and passion. For the entire recording, you are excited, your heart is pounding and your spirit is lifted.


A super virtuoso of the 20th Century, Vlassenko was and is still renowned for his vibrant interpretations of Liszt and Rachmaninov, among other composers. His music comes alive: bursting with the full sound, expertise and emotion the Russian Piano School is so famed for.


Liszt was indeed a poet as much as he was a proficient. Perhaps this is why Etude No. 10 not only inspires each finger to speak the abundance of notes, but to sing with all the gusto of an operatic aria.


Once you listen to this, you will need more. At least 6 CDs of Vlassenko have been released, and there are many videos of his on YouTube.


Ayesha Gough

Ayesha Gough recently winning the 2015 Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition.  Photo: Gaye Edwards Photography


Ayesha Gough was born in Darwin in 1994 and came to live with her grandmother in Coffs Harbour when she was nine months old. After demonstrating a love of music at a very early age, she began learning the piano when she was five. Ayesha is currently in the 3rd year of her Bachelor of Music Degree program at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University where she is studying Advanced Performance under Oleg Stepanov, majoring in Piano. During this period, she has enjoyed success at national and international piano competitions, reaching the finals of the Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition in 2011 and 2013. In 2014, she won the Sydney Eisteddfod Allison/Henderson Scholarship and received the 3rd prize at the Kerikeri International Piano Competition. She has performed with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and the Queensland Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra under conductors Edvard Tchivzhel, Nicholas Braithwaite, and Dr. Peter Morris. In addition to solo piano performance, she enjoys working in chamber music ensembles, accompanying, and teaching. Ayesha has been generously supported by Variety, the Children’s Charity.


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