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Radio WFMT live performance:

Chopin Nocturne op 62 no 1 in b major
Chopin Ballade #3
Chopin Mazurka Op 50 no 3
Scarlatti sonata in f# minor, k25?



Ravinia evening (indoor) concert:

Chopin ballade #3
Chopin sonata #3
Liszt Gounod Faust Waltz
*****
Takemitsu Rain Tree Sketch I
Schubert sonata D960



A different piano and space than at the Cliburn.

A little bit darker and richer sound at the evening performance with fewer surreal effects, and quieter in the smaller hall, though the projection was good.

He was able to be very expressive on that piano, and has an ability to keep the playing interesting.

He said on WFMT that he has been focusing on Chopin lately.

Dazzle technique effect, and some of the sonata movements and Faust technique I thought improved from the Cliburn.

One thing though, from where I sat, the echo in the hall didn't seem to always work with the pedaling, but the clarity got better as the concert continued.

He has some mime talent too.
Posted on 24 Apr 2010, 12:11 AM
Her program:

Partita No. 2 by Bach
Sonata No. 28 by Beethoven, Op. 101
Danse Macabre by Saint-Saens, transc. Horowitz
******
Sonata No. 2 by Scriabin, Op. 19
Preludes Op. 32 No. 3, 4, 5 by Rachmaninoff
Ballade No. 1 by Chopin
Excerpts from The Sleeping Beauty Op. 66 by Tchaikovsky, arr. Pletnev

2 encores, unfortunately have forgotten which, one by Scarlatti, I think.
*****


I highly recommend everyone to go to a live Claire Huangci concert.

In addition to becoming a good interpreter, she is a very spectacular performer with a very large sound that I don't think comes across quite as well on webcast.

This was most evident on the Russian music, Scriabin and Rachmaninoff, as well as with the showpiece, Danse Macabre, and the Chopin Ballade.

Some effective experiments with sound and tone on the Beethoven sonata.

The Partita was nicely interpreted; only criticism is that her sound was maybe a little large or muddy there.

Downers Grove North High School has a comfortable and large auditorium with good acoustics.

There was a pre-concert lecture, and CD sales, as well as a chance to meet the artist. I had to miss most of that, though I purchased the CD.
Posted on 1 May 2011, 7:04 PM
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