TON NU NGUYET MINH, piano
In Russia, it is said that Pushkin was the sun of poetry, but Glinka the Pushkin of music, a sublime degree of domestic veneration. In St. Petersburg, Glinka was for a short time among the pupils of the Irish pianist and composer John Field. Field’s performance and style remained ideals for Glinka throughout his life. Like the early works by Frédéric Chopin, who was also influenced by Field and Hummel, Glinka’s piano works follow this ‘brilliant style’, which might equally be termed ‘instrumental bel canto’.