Jan Lisiecki Makes Philharmonic Debut with Schumann Piano Concerto

This week's show airs on Friday, Jan. 18.

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Friday, January 18, 2013

Pianist Jan Lisiecki. Pianist Jan Lisiecki. (© DG/Mathias Bothor)

David Zinman returns to the New York Philharmonic to lead the orchestra in Sibelius’s Symphony No. 3, as well as Schumann’s Piano Concerto with pianist Jan Lisiecki in his debut with the orchestra, and Sibelius’s Symphony No. 7.

Program details:

Sibelius: Symphony No. 3

Schumann: Piano Concerto

Sibelius: Symphony No. 7

Comments [1]

Les from Miami, Florida

These are as perfect performances --- as much as I who am far from perfect can judge perfection --- as I've ever heard of the Sibelius Third and Seventh Symphonies. Full tone and burnished but not blasting brasses informed them both. Mr. Zinman and the Orchestra made me more aware of the foreshadowing in the first movement of the "mad dash" to the final cadence in the last movement in the violins, violas, 'cellos that starts seven bars after rehearsal number 20 in the last movement during which they're frantically playing triplets on B then C (though the contrabasses play triplets on C in octaves). The timpani has rolls (trills in the score) between B and C from rehearsal number 13 to 14; and in the second movement the flutes and clarinets offer a foreshadowing of the unsettled tonality that begins the final movement by their eighth note passages from rehearsal number 10 to 12. I also can't wait to hear more offerings from Jan Lisiecki whose performance of the Schumann Piano Concerto revealed a keen sense of rubato, dynamic and phrasing from the piano's first statement of the principal theme. I'd like to hear anything he chose to play by Chopin, so telling was that first statement. He also proved himself to be a sensitive collaborator in those portions of the first movement during which the melodic material is given to the oboe, clarinet then later the flute. He likewise was a sensitive listener/accompanist in the second movement when the 'cellos play their arching line. In the last movement, Mr.Lisiecki was certainly the "main event". I await hearing any repertory work he chooses to program eagerly. Bravissimo to David Zinman, Jan Lisiecki and the truly illustrious New York Philharmonic.

Jan. 20 2013 02:34 PM

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