Germany: «Lampertheimer Zeitung»   16.03.2018. (link)


WIESBADEN – Maitre at 16? Give to Caesar what is Caesar's, and give to God what is God's. The young muscovite, Alexander Malofeyev, is undoubtedly very talented. He has managed to polish his natural abilities to a state of incredible mastery through hard work. We heard him quite recently, in August 2017, when he performed the Concert for Piano with the Orchestra No.2 by Rachmaninov. A bit longer than two years later, he was applauded by admiring audience in the concourse, performing with high professionalism, sometimes a bit childish, but with absolutely divine inspiration. He has managed to improve both his technical skills and artistic expression of his play to the highest level.

Sonata by Chopin, the second sonata B-flat minor by Rachmaninov and sonata No. 7 by Prokofiev, created during the severe times of war, in 1941-1942, are recognized by music experts as some of the most expressive and thrilling pieces. In 1839, Chopin introduced an absolutely new music style. He suddenly decided to destroy the “smooth” classical form of sonata, creating sudden drops from violent explosive emotions to quiet mournful melodies. His performance looks like an improvisation – spontaneous, with sudden changes from one emotion to a different, quite opposite one. Certain notes can be lost in the frenzy of violent key strikes. The power of emotions is so deep and intense, that details become less important.

In 1913, Sergey Rachmaninov is still completely obsessed with the world of Chopin, and he raises his requirements to the performer to an entirely new level, never seen before. Sergey Prokofiev, despite all his love for radical and hard sound, is not unfamiliar to the great rapture of melodicity. In the final part of the seventh sonata, we can hear the readiness to fight furiously against the imminent war menace.

Alexander Malofeyev has mastered the whole spectrum of performer skills and intelligent comprehension of tactics and strategy of performance of such monumental pieces. He masterfully highlights the expressive leading melody with light accompanying chords. The young musician brilliantly plays the intricate bravado after the powerful introduction of Prokofiev’s sonata together with its toccata. The lyrical “Autumn song” by Tchaikovsky, as well as the folk song “Dumka” in wonderful orchestration of Piotr Ilyich, are performed surprisingly softly, convincingly and enchantingly.

Von Dietrich Stern.