Critic’s review of Friday night’s performances

Posted Saturday, May. 25, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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Star-Telegram print readers may have noticed that we were unable, because of a deadline, to get reviews of Friday night’s competitors in the newspaper today. Unfortunately, that will be the case with the evening performers during most of the competition.

We will always review every performance, though, and reviews we miss in print will be posted online. In case you missed it, here’s what our critic Olin Chism had to say about the pianists who played Friday night:

“[Giuseppe] Greco [of Italy] dominated Friday night’s session with a remarkable account of Beethoven’s Sonata No. 18, with fluid dynamics and pacing, a lot of excitement and above all, a playful personality perfectly in tune with the work.

His performance of Debussy’s L’Isle Joyeuse was in sharp contrast in atmosphere, but also magnificently done.

Greco even managed to take a vulgar work such as Liszt’s Ballade No. 2 and make all the roaring, rumbling and chord-hopping kind of fun.

Rounding out the session decently were Nikita Mndoyants of Russia, who risked Beethoven’s awesome Opus 111 and gave a pretty good account of it, and Luca Buratto of Italy, who gave a playful account of a Haydn sonata and would have helped himself with some abridgement in a Schumann fantasy that rambled on too long.”

— Stephanie Allmon

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