name belongs to a constellation of brilliant Russian musicians, and it has its
own, peculiar colouring.
The Moscow Conservatoire... Henry Neighaus' piano school… Really by right has
she inherited her teacher's wonderful spirit, no matter be it performance or
pedagogics, TV talks by the piano or printed articles.
Is it not due to that spirit that her interpretations are full of Chopin's light
breath and inimitable gracefulness, or convey a passionate philosophical voice
of Beethoven, inevitable as the fate? Wonderful hands of Gornostaeva the
pianist. Bright and figurative language of Gornostaeva - the enlightener and
teacher. It is not easy to single out the best of her originality, sincerity,
almost hypnotic force. Only a few musicians on Earth combine the brilliant,
really encyclopaedic intellect with a gift of bewitching the audience. But the
most significant is her deep historic vision of culture in the whole range of
its great ideas, links and senses, everlasting dialogue with music creators.
It is not purely by chance that Vera Gornostaeva speaks about Bach or Mozart as
Chopin ... It is hard to explain his eternal attraction, tenderness, love.
Chopin's pose in the photo made not long before his death seems as inim-itable
as his music. Who else but Chopin could sit in such a way in front of the lens?
Love for him cannot be overcome. He attracts me like a magnet, eventually
changing and becoming still nearer and dearer. Sometimes I seem to hear his
Like a sphinx, Chopin is always a mystery for pianists all over the world. How
can one express the heart confusion, passion, aspiration of Chopin's images
without losing their equilibrium and harmony? How can one combine Chopin's
romanticism full of sincerity and improvisation with a strict laconicism of his
compositions? How can one convey inspired ardency of Chopin's culminations
leaving his fine and plastic pianism untouched? Maybe Chopin created his own
piano and released its unknown forces?
His three sonatas are like three human ages, they contain the whole creative
experience of the human personality. There is a "depth of the biographic
imprint", a wide panorama of creative quests from the very first steps until the
peak of life, the acme…
In every age of the man's life there is a special meaning of its own. And it is
different for every man in the world. Sometimes a genius can live a huge life
only in 27 years. The measure is different: it depends on the term of the
existence. If it is short, the time tightens. Lermontov, Schubert, Mozart,
Pushkin, Chopin, - so short and yet so long lives!