Bravo to Cédric Tiberghien who made an outstanding debut in Chicago this week, opening their “French Reveries & Passions” Festival in fine form with a mesmerising recital programme of Debussy, Szymanowski and Ravel. According to the reviewer for Chicago on the Aisle, “Tiberghien’s performance was everything one might wish for from a Frenchman playing the music of his great countrymen”.
The Chicago Classical Review noted: “His Debussy – four preludes from Books 1 and 2, ‘Masques,’ ‘D’un cahier d’esquisses’ and ‘L’isle joyeuse’ – revealed a penetrating musical intelligence and an acute sensitivity to nuance. Pages of slow, hushed meditation gave way to explosions of finely controlled bravura, nowhere more mesmerising than in ‘L’isle joyeuse'”.
The overall feeling of the audience and critics alike was neatly summed up by the Chicago Tribune: ‘Orchestra Hall has heard no more impressive a debut in recent seasons’.