Gustavo goes for Schubert

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It is always interesting to observe the programing strategies of the pianists competing at the Cliburn.

Chilean pianist Gustavo Miranda-Bernales put most of his eggs in Franz Schubert’s basket with a program composed of only two works: Schubert’s Four Impromptus, D. 935, Op. 142, which took up three-fourths of his allotted time in this first of two preliminary round recitals at Bass Hall on Sunday night, and the much shorter Barcarolle in F-sharp Major, Op. 60 by Chopin.

“This set of impromptus is a very special set,” said the 22-year-old pianist, who now lives and studies in New York. “It has a lot of variety in it and is full of imagination. It has variations in it. It has Hungarian touches in it. It has heavenly music that is typical of Schubert. And I thought that was a great combination. I feel such great admiration for Schubert and I thought this set has all of his personality in it.”

Miranda-Bernales said he chose the second piece in part because, ironically, he felt the work by the Polish composer gave his recital a French-accented element.

“And I thought it provided a nice contrast to the Viennese spirit of the Schubert,” he said backstage after his performance.

— Punch Shaw, Special to the Star-Telegram

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