The Washington Times called Gleb Ivanov "eerily like the ghost of [Vladimir] Horowitz." Clearly fumbling for adjectives, the paper's critic wrote, "His talent is larger than life."
A couple of weeks ago, a New York Times critic was likewise impressed. He noted Ivanov's somewhat brash technique but wrote that the pianist had "a certain musical sensitivity and an appreciation of style to go with the thunder and lightning."
Hear this young Moscow-trained marvel for yourself, free, on Sunday when the Buffalo Chamber Music Society presents him in recital as part of its Gift to the Community Series. The program, which seems identical to the one Ivanov just played at Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall, begins with a witty sonata by Franz Joseph Haydn and ends with a shower of Franz Liszt, including three Franz Schubert song transcriptions. In between, there's Frederic Chopin, and Samuel Barber (the Sonata Op. 26), and Serge Rachmaninoff's famous "Vocalise."
The concert begins at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Mary Seaton Room of Kleinhans Music Hall. For information, call 838-2383.
-- Mary Kunz Goldman