Concert Review of the concert at St Mary at Hill 11 February 2014

“Yet another promising young pianist graces St Mary at Hill’s Square Mile Music Series. Where do they find them?

Cyrill Ibrahim, Dutch-born but currently based in London, produced a graceful and energetic performance of
Schubert’s piano sonata no.11 in A major, D664, – interesting to compare with last week’s earlier A minor.
Obviously more robust and upbeat, with more complexity, and this performance spanned the full range of tempo,
volume and colour with great flair.

Cyrill then introduced Schumann’s Allegro Op.8 in B minor, apparently intended as the opening movement of a sonata
but rejected as unsatisfactory. And indeed called by the composer in an overview of his life’s work ‘a big mistake’.
(Well, I can think of people who would be glad to have composed such a mistake.)
It contained many elements which could have developed into movements of the projected sonata, and if it did arrive
back where it started without really going anywhere in between, it was nevertheless worth hearing. The clarity of playing
gave it an integrity and cohesion which belied its standing as ‘rarely performed’; perhaps Cyrill’s patent liking of it will guarantee
it further outings.

Altogether an educative and exploratory concert, from a charming performer; exactly what we have come to expect from
the Square Mile series. Watch for these artists in the future.” – Ann Muir