I have never had so much genzui and fury unleashed upon moi in such short period of time
My panty was soiled after da recital
Tiz iz da programme:
Ravel Valse Sentimental
Gershwin 3 preludes
Chopin Mazurka Op.26
Chopin Soanta Op.58
Chopin Ballade 4
Some random Polish composition by a female composer
The Gershwin even though incredibly fast and accurate did not leave me too much impression (much like da Dre plays Schumann)
The Mozart K330 was played with such beautiful tone and agility (espectially those turns), but lack a bit in the playfulness. But beautiful nonethelsss. and interesting embellishment in the 2nd mvt.
Ravel was possibly the most sophiticated and calmly executed work in the whole programme. The ostentia (spelling?) base-theme of the last mvt was done with such excellency (much like Le Gibet), i was totally mesmerized. And one more thing about da Zim’s Fortessimo, it has to be one of the most comforting, non-harsh sounding but powerful FF i have heard.
DIdn’t really care for the Mazurka (rhythmically not strong enough for my taste)
But the Chopin 3rd sonata, I was BLOWN AWAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY.
The first mvt’s downward appreigous are done with such smooth action, he makes it seems like childplay. The inner voice are all brought out, his incredible pedal usage has made some of the phrasing totally ‘make sense’ to me (i suddenly undersatnd why Chopin wrote it like that) THe scherzo is just as excellent as the 1st mvt. 3rd mvt is some of the most beautiful and elegant performance of the night, Zimerman has displayed incredible ideas and layers in execution and avoided to be overly-sentimental. If Kapell is the ideal of 4th mvt, Zimerman would be the 3rd. The Finale, it is possibly the most controversial performance of the night. Some people critize the gradual accelerante (he started out really fast already) which I consider it’s a factor of psychological factor (he seemed extra-happy tonight, which doesn’t happen too much), and he was all hyped up. Of course Zimerman has all the technique one need to play this mvt anyway ones want. And Zim chose to do it with the so-called ‘MOFO’ interpretation, he didn’t use any rubato (except gradual acceleration), he brought out the quasi-fugue like strcuture solely by pedalling and layers and tone-color execution. Which is EXACTLY the way i wanted. So i was incredibly happy when I heard Zimerman did what I had in mind.
After the last note was sounded, I couldn’t contained myself but stood up and screamed ‘BRAVO’ like 3 times in a row. (People think i am crazy and i don’t care)
Everyone was so excited. After around 5 mins of furious clapping, Zimerman has bowed 3 time and came out with an encore, pronoucing the programme “Chopin Ballade 4”, everyone was overjoyed. (Obviously)
Ballade 4, the beginning was so beautiful, Zimerman has some of the most well-developed tone-color control mechanism. ANd he totally displayed that in the beginning theme and the contrapucal development latter on. Apparently Zimerman was a very sentimental person has he was very hyped up in the ending of the Ballade 4 and results in some technical errors (which is possibly the only ones during the whole recital). And I was a little bit carried away by the fact that he missed the top note of the climax right before the ending. But nonetheless an incredible performance.
After 10 mins of furious clapping.
Zimerman backed with a UNPREDICKTABLE encore, a piece VERY much like Ligeti Etudes (I thoguht that was a tribute to the recently passed mastero), it was so much like Ligeti that I thought it was some unreleased Ligeti work that Zim somehow got his hand on. It was technically flawless, above Hamelin live level(i ain’t kidding), with the obviously, conspiciously wikid Zim Tone-control (which is rarely seen when playing Contemp works), it has to be one of the most inredible and mesmerizing Encore.
After the recital Zim reveals that it’s a contemp work by a female Polish composer.
I have bootlged the recital (unfortunately not video, as i don’t have the equipment)
Maybe da superztar can help me with the encore.