Instrumentalist - Piano
Fine All-Russian Program
Not many decades ago, the ripe Romanticism of the Third Piano Concerto in D minor, Op. 30 by Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943) seemed to be the preserve of men. Only the late Gina Bachauer broke with the trend by regularly playing the composer's concertos in the concert hall and on recordings. Philippine-born pianist Cecile Licad has taken on this repertory since the beginnings of her recording career on CBS. There was no lack of power or finesse in her fiery EMF performance. Her dynamic range was breathtaking from thundering chords to the most delicate pp. The fastest passages were precisely articulated. Her co-ordination with important orchestra instrumental solos had the quality of fine chamber music. Schwarz led a finely balanced accompaniment that fit Licad's interpretation like kid gloves.
William Thomas Walker, Classical Voice of North Carolina
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