CONCERT REVIEW: Thomas Schultz!

Event Review: Thomas Schultz at Stanford!

Thomas Schultz, piano, gave a wonderful and interesting concert at Dinkelspiel Auditorium at Stanford University on Sunday afternoon, October 11th, 2010

Mr. Schultz presented an extensive selection of music by Franz Schubert;

The program opened with the German Dances D. 783 by Schubert. Right from the start, I observed a pianist that presented himself in an authoritative manner. And Mr. Schultz immediately showed me that he was able to capture the singing, lyrical style of the composer. I liked particularly the way he used the Bass in the slower section. And later in this piece, we heard very dance-like rhythms that Schubert’s composition required.

The second selection was “Sea Wind” by Hyo-Shin Na. This is a composition with unusual colors and rhythms based on Chilean composer Victor Jara’s poem/song “Angelita Huenuman”. The composer attended, and was warmly applauded at the end of this piece.

Schubert’s “Wanderer Fantasie” brought the first part of this concert to a close. This is a massive composition with major demands on the performer. Mr. Schultz produced a big sound that this piece requires. While a lot of it was well done, some areas required a bit more work to make them more polished and ready for performance.

Schubert’s B-Flat Sonata, D. 960 closed the program. This was excellently played, and it was clear why it was slotted for the very end! Mr. Schultz showed again that he’s able to capture the many moods, colors and elegance of Schubert’s music. The Andante movement was really sublime, and the 3rd movement was truly “Con Delicatezza” as required by the composer. The attendees showed their warm appreciation at the conclusion of this piece.

Tags: Thomas Schultz, Schubert, Hyo-Shin Na

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