Grieg Piano Concerto by Simon Trpceski 11/26/12

November 26, 2012

How many times have I heard Grieg Concerto?? Some of my friends were practicing it while I was at conservatories, I have heard it at several concerto competitions when I was a judge, I taught it to my students, and I have heard it at concerts…. I have not played it myself, but I think I knew it very well. I went to LA Phil’s Sunday matinee concert at Disney Hall yesterday. Simon Trpceski, a young Macedonian pianist, played this famous well-played piece with great imagination and fantasy, fresh ideas and approaches. Of course it was so well done with the ensemble between a soloist and a conductor, Vasily Petrenko. It was so nice to hear Grieg concerto! Almost surprise! Trpceski showed us how we should play piano, beautiful color and phrases. The first piece on the program was Nielsen’s Maskarade Overture, charming and lively opening, and they finished with Shostakovich 10th symphony, dark and tragic reflecting Stalin’s years in Russia, and a triumph ending to celebrate his death.

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