Saturday, July 24, 2021, 8 pm
 
at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Presenting

Larry Weng  翁來, pianist
www.larrywengpiano.com
 

 














 



Homage to Beethoven


~
Program ~

Robert Schumann:
Fantasie, Op. 17
I. Durchaus phantastisch und liedenschaftlich vorzutragen


John Corigliano:
Fantasia on an Ostinato

Franz Schubert:
Impromptu in B-flat Major, D. 935, No. 3

~ intermission ~

Johannes Brahms:
Piano Sonata No. 3 in F minor, Op. 5
Allegro maestoso
Andante espressivo
Scherzo: Allegro energico
Intermezzo (Rückblick): Andante molto
Finale: Allegro moderato ma rubato



 


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".... Larry Weng showed off his impressive piano technique, at once strong, subtle, and colorfully voiced, in a recital which also made clear his savviness about the dazzling Gardner instrument and the crisp acoustics of the towering space. " --- David Moran, The Boston Music Intelligencer



 





photos: Chi Wei Lo and Xiaopei Xu
 

These words flowed from the piano...

Sonata

His smile flows through his fingers,
Touches the keys,
Vibrates the strings.
The energy of his smile
Reverberates from the sounding board,
Enters us,
We smile.

His passion pounds the same notes
Into feelings we cannot help but share.
Whatever our day has brought with us,
We become his music.
A universe of sound we might
Otherwise not have known.

His whole body sings
Through the movements of his passion,
His touch on the keys.
His touch on our whole being,
And our whole being sings.


Maury Eldridge wrote it on July 26, 2021 after he attended Larry Weng's recital at Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum Calderwood Hall on July 24, 2021. We got the permission from Mr. Maury Eldridge to post his poem on our web.

 

Larry Weng 翁來, pianist
www.larrywengpiano.com

Winner of the 2019 NYCA Worldwide Debut Audition and a laureate of the 2016 Queen Elisabeth International Piano Competition, Larry Weng has been described in The New York Times as playing with “steely power and incisive rhythm.” Of his 2014 New York debut at Weill Hall, the New York Concert Review described him as “an extremely sensitive musician and mature interpreter,” and “mature beyond his years.” Of his Alborado del Gracioso, Harry Rolnick of ConcertoNet exclaimed, “Radiant and transparent, picturesque and picaresque, wild but with the artistic perfection of wildness.” Mr. Weng is also a laureate of the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Concerto Competition, the Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition for Young Musicians, The New York International Piano Competition, the Kosciuzsko Foundation Chopin Competition, and the Wideman International Piano Competition.

Mr. Weng has been featured in concert in France, Switzerland, Belgium, the Netherlands, China, Japan, Brazil, and Venezuela, and has performed in many of the world’s renowned concert halls, including Boston’s Symphony Hall, New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall, Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Hall, SubCulture, the Salle Cortot, and the Sala Sao Paolo. An avid chamber musician and collaborator, Mr. Weng has participated in the Ravinia Steans Institute and the Verbier Academy, and has worked with renowned musicians such as Claude and Pamela Frank, Gabor Takacs, David Shifrin, David Soyer, amongst others. He is a frequent collaborator at the Lisker Music Foundation concert series in Chicago, as well as the Downtown Music at Grace in White Plains. Recent highlights include an extensive Midwest tour with violinist Kerson Leong and Mr. Weng’s Berlin debut at the Berliner Philharmonie. Mr. Weng is a full-time of the award winning two piano, two percussion ensemble, Icarus Quartet.

In 2009, Mr. Weng graduated from the highly selective joint degree program between Columbia University and The Juilliard School with a BA in Economics and an MM in Piano Performance under the tutelage of Professors Jerome Lowenthal and Matti Raekallio. He continued his studies with Professor Boris Berman at the Yale School of Music, and in 2019, received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree.

During his time at Yale, Mr. Weng served as an instructor in undergraduate piano and secondary piano. As of the 2021-2022 academic year, Mr. Weng will serve on the faculty of the Wake Forest University Department of Music.

 

NOTES ON THE PROGRAM

By Dr. Jannie Burdeti
  
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音樂會後新聞稿
翁來(Larry Weng)

中華表演藝術基金會於724日週六晚上八點,在波士頓伊莎貝拉美術館 (Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum) Calderwood大廳中,舉行自去年十一月份以來在同一場地的第八場現場音樂會。2016年伊麗莎白國際鋼琴大賽決賽入圍者,及2019年紐約音樂家協會 (New York Concert Artists and Association) 全球音樂甄試冠軍鋼琴家翁來(Larry Weng)擔任以『向貝多芬致敬』為題,演出舒曼,舒伯特,克里亞諾 (Corigliano),及布拉姆斯等的經典作品。當晚有包括多位音樂界的名師,名指揮家,約150人到場欣賞。雖然都已打好疫苗,仍都戴口罩,雙重保護。

翁來以專業又輕鬆的語氣,解釋他策劃這場演出的經過。2020是貝多芬250年生辰紀念,全球的音樂會都以演出貝多芬的作品為主題。翁來則希望不直接演奏貝多芬的作品,但由演奏其他深受貝多芬影響的作曲家的經典作品,顯示其影響力的深遠,以示敬意。翁來在每一曲演奏前,都先說明並示範。指出其主題是由貝多芬那一首作品中延伸而來的等等。他面帶笑容,身體隨音樂擺動,充分表現此曲帶給他的喜悅。這種氣氛感染全場,觀眾都被它帶入另一個世界。觀眾Eldridge先生甚至在會後有感而做一首詩。其大意為『不論白天我們是如何過的,今晚我們都被他的手指,笑容,動作...帶領進入他的音樂世界,和他一同歌唱。』原文已經由作者同意放在中華表演藝術基金會的網頁上。

波士頓音樂雜誌 (The Boston Musical Intelligencer) 50多年的經驗,專門評寫鍵盤音樂的資深樂評David Moran到場仔細聆聽,並以『和藹可親的翁來描述片段的歷史』為題稱讚他:『琴藝高超,有強力,有低沈,有多彩的音色。關注到結構的細緻及和諧。如一串閃閃發光的珍珠,激動卻連接無縫無痕,是少見的青年藝術家。』但樂評對翁來曲目的選擇及詮釋,甚至連安可曲的安排都有不同的意見和看法。以貝多芬對他當代及後世深遠的影響,想要在一場短短的音樂會中,包羅全部最具代表性的作曲家及作品是有相當的難度,也可理解每個人都可能有不同的看法。本場演出的全場錄影,最近即將放在中華表演藝術基金會的YouTube上 ,供愛樂者欣賞。

接下來828日週六晚八時在同一地點,將由2017年范克萊本 (Van Cliburn) 國際鋼琴大賽銅牌獎主徐翔Daniel Hsu演出舒曼的童年回憶組曲,貝多芬第31 Op.110 奏鳴曲,及李斯特的B小調奏鳴曲。 免費公開但須預約,六歲以下不可進場,門票可在本網站上登記,歡迎樂捐贊助!




 


 

    

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