Solomon channels spirit of Chopin as Abu Dhabi Classics make their return
ABU DHABI// Abu Dhabi Classics made a welcome return to the capital on Tuesday night with a sold-out opening performance by Lydie Solomon.
The Franco-Korean pianist played a stirring solo piano recital dedicated to the celebrated 19th century Polish composer, Frederic Chopin.
The event also marked the arrival of the Manarat Al Saadiyat Auditorium as a worthy venue for intimate concerts; the acoustics were crystal-clear throughout Solomon’s performance.
The 32-year-old’s programme touched on the many aspects of Chopin’s career.
She began with Nocturne in C sharp minor Op posth, No 20; it was a gentle yet stark introduction that steadily built to an ethereal middle section before reprising that haunting introductory theme.
The intensity picked up in the popular Etude Op 10 No 12 with its signature stormy introductory passages before the effervescent Bolero Op 19 arrived with its Spanish influences.
The drama was not only limited to the keys, Solomon – who has a part-time acting career – made her UAE debut in a dazzling gilded gown.
She was a quiet yet intense figure, her pauses between movements found her often peering into some far away corner of the ceiling. Her affinity with the material was genuine, particularly in her beautiful rendering of Prelude Op 28 No 4 as she delicately channelled the piece’s exquisite longing.
Solomon’s performance capped a successful beginning to Abu Dhabi Classics. Returning after a three-year break, the season continues until May next year with regular performances focusing on the festival theme of The Traveler.
The next Abu Dhabi Classics concert will take place at the Abu Dhabi Theatre on October 28, with the renowned Latvian violinist Gidon Kremer. He will be supported by the Kremerata Baltica Chamber Orchestra as they present a performance titled The Four Seasons.
This will be followed by an appearance by the Spanish viol player Jordi Savall with the world premiere of his newest programme Ibn Battuta: The Voyager of Islam at Emirates Palace on November 20.
For details go to www.abudhabievents.ae.
Updated: October 14, 2014 04:00 AM