Reviews of the Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition will run for each of the six finalists in separate files. The first review will be the piano quintet round with the Brentano String Quartet, from Wednesday and Thursday; and the second review, of the concerto with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Leonard Slatkin, will be added onto each file.
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with Brentano String Quartet
Mark Steinberg, violin | Serena Canin, violin | Misha Amory, viola | Nina Lee, cello
DVOŘÁK Piano Quintet in A Major, op. 81
Right from the first measure, it was evident this would be exceptional performance from Georgy Tchaidze. He played that usually perfunctory introduction measure with expression and musical artistry; it was immediately arresting. It only got better from there.
His turn with one of the great melodies was gentle and played with rubato that matched the cello. This was just one of the details in his performance. He was a superb collaborator and in almost constant touch with the first violinist. His balance was also exceptional and that that includes balance between his hands. When the right had something to play, the left faded into the texture and vice versa.
All the beautiful music making aside, and there was plenty, this was a thoughtful performance. It was carefully planned out, but then he let it happen in the moment, and just paid attention to Dvořák’s music. It was lovely.
with Fort Worth Symphony
Leonard Slatkin, conductor
PROKOFIEV Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Major, op. 26
In every performance, Tchaidze has impressed with awesome technical prowess, superb musicianship and analytical and stylistic instincts. All those attributes came to the fore in this terrific performance of Prokofiev’s most popular concerto. It changes mood constantly from sarcasm and Rachmaninoff-ish romanticism to modernist dissonance and virtuosity. His touch varied just as widely, from barely audible to lush and then keenly aimed hammer stroke attacks from 8 inches above the keyboard.
Between Tchaidze and Leonard Slatkin’s empathic conducting, the multitude of tempo changes sounded like a natural progression. In lesser hands, they can be shocking. But not here. The piece took on a complete identity of a kaleidoscope of sudden changes merged into a single entity. A marvelous performance.
Other reviews of Georgy Tchaidze:
CLIBURN COMPETITION SCHEDULE
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See the schedule of final performances here.
- 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.
- Saturday, June 10: 7 p.m.