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FIFTEENTH VAN CLIBURN INTERNATIONAL PIANO COMPETITION

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Cliburn Preliminary Round 10

Reviews of the tenth preliminary round at the Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition: Honggi Kim, Rachel Kudo, and Alyosha Jurinic.



published Sunday, May 28, 2017

Reviews of the Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, Preliminary Round 10 (2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 28). You can see bios and complete repertoire of all pianists here.

See links to all of our reviews that have posted here.

 

HONGGI KIM

South Korea, 25


HAMELIN Toccata on “L’homme armé”
CHOPIN Rondo in E-flat Major, op. 16
RAVEL Gaspard de la nuit
LISZT-VOLODOS Hungarian Rhapsody No. 13 in A Minor

 

Photo: Ralph Lauer/The Cliburn
Honggi Kim

 

 

The Chopin is a wonderful piece to demonstrate the ability to meld disparate sections into the whole. This was evident right from the beginning. Kim started quietly but still gave it a sense of nobility. As the piece progressed it became apparent that he is a first-class musician who happens to be a superb pianist. The Liszt was the end of his program and he thought “let’s let loose and have some fun.” It was time to display his technical abilities, and this was just the piece to do it. He brought his recital to an exciting close and the audience went wild.

That leaves his reading of Gaspard to discuss, which was in a league of its own. It stunned the audience. It was definitive performance. Every nuance was magnificent and without peer. He is fun to watch as well; although he sits relatively still, his head seems connected to his hands and he moves it in a charming manner. I could go on but I am fresh out of superlatives and they all don’t begin to describe the experience Kim gave us in the Hall.

The first and third movements have all the fireworks and the second usually gets short shrift. The work is based on a collection of evocative poems by Aloysius Bertrand. Here is the last stanza of the poem for that middle movement, “Le Gibet” (The Gallows) in translation: “It is the bell that tolls from the walls of a city, under the horizon, and the corpse of the hanged one that is reddened by the setting sun.”

Ravel uses a B flat that is repeated softly and in roughly the same tempo, the first note slightly softer, to be the ringing of the town bell in the distance. He surrounds it with some of the soberest music ever written, moving at a funereal pace.

Kim painted this so vividly that the last line of this John Donne poem came to mind: “…any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bells tolls; it tolls for thee."

For a fleeting moment, the heavy air and constant tolling Kim, and the poem, created made me aware of my own mortality. From that moment, I could hardly breathe. What more can you ask from a performance of a piece of music that it can conjure such thoughts? It is always said that music touches us somewhere so deep that we are unaware of its existence—until it is touched by just such an experience.

 

 

RACHEL KUDO

United States, 30


BACH Overture in the French Style in B Minor, BWV 831
HAMELIN Toccata on “L’homme armé”
BARBER Sonata for Piano, op. 2

 

Photo: Ralph Lauer/The Cliburn
Rachel Kudo

 

 

This was an afternoon of superlatives. Rachel Kudo also made a spectacular impression. The Bach was played with a nod to the historical traditions but she successfully deviated from them for musical reasons. It’s a collection of short pieces but she tied them all together for us. It was a little long for such a use, but it was marvelous.

The Hamelin got a soft but intense reading that reminded me of Ravel’s “Ondine” from Gaspard de la nuit. She brought out a beauty that we have not appreciated in the 30 times we heard it played.

The Barber sonata is often found to be perplexing. Well, not anymore. Kudo laid it all for us in an easy-to-follow performance that showed us all its glories. She enlightened me about it, and I heard comments in the audience that were much the same. How often does this happen? Hardly ever.

 

 

ALYOSHA JURINIC

Croatia, 28


DEBUSSY Rêverie
BEETHOVEN Sonata No. 13 in E-flat Major, op. 27, no. 1 (“Quasi una fantasia”)
HAMELIN Toccata on “L’homme armé”
SCHUMANN-LISZT Widmung
LISZT Concert Etude No. 2 in F Minor “La Leggierezza”
LISZT Hungarian Rhapsody No. 11 in A Minor

 

Photo: Ralph Lauer/The Cliburn
Alyosha Jurinic

 

His program looked like a magpie’s nest of musical selections, but it all worked together to show us the full array of his talent.

The Debussy piece was published without his permission and he was quite perturbed about it. He considered it to be something he wrote a long time ago as a trifle, and how did the publisher get a copy, anyway? In spite of his protests, the piece was a hit and still is, for that matter.

Jurinic created a gauzy net of shifting harmonies by the brilliant use of the sustaining pedal. He held it down until the harmony shifted and then reapplied it until another occurrence of harmonic shift. It was a reverie for us all.

The term “sonata” is modified by Beethoven’s subtitle that it is like a fantasy, which in the music world means that it can wander to any realm that the composer wishes, but are all played as one work. Jurinic proved to us that he has mastered the style of this relatively early Beethoven piece (he was 30 when he wrote it). As opposed to the standard sonata form, Beethoven starts with a slow movement, then a scherzo and a short slow movement, which leads directly to the final rondo.

Jurinic took all this in mind as he played the piece, giving it a unity that was apparent to the audience.

He also did this with his reading of the Hamelin. As some players have done before him, he chose to keep the dissonant noodles in the background and kept the whole piece laid back and Debussy-like. When it was time to start the big build to the finish line, he kept it percolating underneath and let it loose in waves, each one louder that the last right up to the final one.

It was here that someone’s cell phone started to imitate a cricket. But after the first time, you would think that they would have turned the dratted thing off. No such luck.

Liszt only did minor damage to Schumann’s beautiful song, “Widmung,” which is one most popular songs. It is part of a song cycle entitled Myrthen Op. 25, No. 1. Jurinic did his best to tame Liszt’s excesses and keep the exuberance of the song intact.

He ended with more Liszt, his Concert Etude No. 2 in F Minor, titled “La Leggierezza,” and his Hungarian Rhapsody No. 11 in A Minor.

The concert étude is the first in from asset of three, the first one is a lament and this one, meaning lightness, is more lyrical than usual for the composer. Jurinic kept the lovely line and the companionship of the other hand, moving independently but still together.

The Hungarian Rhapsody No. 11 in A Minor bought his usual excess, but it’s oddly appropriate for the competition. It is typical of his other forays into the music of the Roma. Jurinic started it quietly and took his time and gradually got up to speed to cross the finish line and raise the audience from their seats.

 

 

 CLIBURN COMPETITION SCHEDULE 

 

See links to all of our reviews that have posted here.

See the schedule of preliminary performances here.


PREMLIMINARY ROUNDS

  • Thursday, May 25: 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, May 26: 10 a.m., 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 27: 10 a.m., 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 28: 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

 

QUARTERFINAL ROUNDS

  • Monday, May 29: 10 a.m., 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 30: 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

 

SEMIFINAL ROUNDS

  • Thursday, June 1: 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, June 2: 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. 
  • Saturday, June 3: 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. 
  • Sunday, June 4: 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. 
  • Monday, June 5: 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.  

 

FINAL ROUNDS

  • Wednesday, June 7: 7:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, June 8: 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, June 9: 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 10: 3 p.m.


AWARDS CEREMONY

  • Saturday, June 10: 7 p.m.
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Reviews of the tenth preliminary round at the Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition: Honggi Kim, Rachel Kudo, and Alyosha Jurinic.
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