Cédric Tiberghien makes his US concerto debut
It has been an extremely busy and very successful past few months for pianist Cédric Tiberghien. The beginning of March saw him make his Boston and New York concerto debuts with the Boston Symphony and Christoph Eschenbach. As the Boston Globe reported,
He showed a flair for interpretive risk; his playing of Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G managed to wrest surprise from the familiar score, some phrases daringly wayward in tempo, some of Ravel’s jazz inflections accented with uncommon sting. But the rubato was classically controlled, the wandering line reeled in by a steady accompanying pulse. In the middle movement’s long cantilena, Tiberghien alternated between a sizable, almost declamatory sound and an ethereal stage whisper.
The New York Times commented on his “rich, rounded tone in the lyrical stretches and fleet, crisp articulation in the spiraling, jazzy, virtuosic passages”.
From the US, Cédric went on to Beijing and Japan for solo recitals and performances with the NHK Symphony before returning to Europe to give song recitals with the soprano Sophie Karthäuser. The duo’s recording of songs with texts by Verlaine has attracted favourable reviews including selection as Opera Now’s ‘choice’ for the April edition, where it was described as an “outstanding disc”.
Tiberghien looks forward to continued success with highlights of next season including opening the new season for the Rotterdam Philharmonic with Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and his debut with the Seattle Symphony.