[...] In this thirty-first edition of this extraordinary one-week-Festival under the artistic direction of the pianist Peter Froundjian, there was another guest, for the second time since 2014, the Italian pianist Vincenzo Maltempo, in this case with a program of purely Slavic and late romanesque timbre.
In the Märchensonate of Dimitri Blagoy (1958) he showed from the first sound his pianistical resources: rich and delicate touch, excellent pedaling, definite repeated notes, glittering speed cascades, controlled crescendo to the fortissimo, with low, well-structured bass. Noteworthy is the faint-grinning interventions that Vincenzo Maltempo, almost with “insolently pointed fingers”, mixed with virtuosist musical action.
Along with the Sonata in E flat, which is loaded with the tragic pathos of the prematurely deceased Alexej Stanchinsky and the Victor Kosenko’s Sonata in C Sharp minor with strong Rachmaninovian reminiscences and his gravely exacerbated cosmic pain, there was the Second Sonata by Alexander Glazunov, who crossed the border Between Western and Slavic traditions.
Maltempo has dealt with the work in three movements with a keen intensity devoid of excessive heavyweights, building powerful crescendi up with breathtaking octave passages never-kicking and in the same way organic, and he understood the way of enchanting the keys with elegiac and crystalline tenderness.[...]
Kieler Nachrichten, 25.08.2017, Detlef Bielefeld