By Hanno Fairburn, 15 June 2013 ©Rotorua Daily Post
Jason Bae Piano Recital
14 June 2013
Rotorua Convention Centre Concert Chamber
BEETHOVEN – Piano Sonata No.6 in F Major Op.10 No.2
RAVEL – Gaspard de la Nuit
CHOPIN – Mazurkas Op.59
RACHMANINOV – Piano Sonata No.2 in B-flat Minor Op.36
The skills and musical abilities of a young Korean-born pianist awed the audience at the Concert Chamber on Friday night.
Jason Bae who studied with the eminent Auckland teacher Rae de Lisle showed that he is able to meet the technical challenges of even the most difficult pieces.
His maturity and confidence, doubtless helped by outstanding success in international competitions, came out strongly when he faced the hurdles of Beethoven’s Sonata in F major.
Ravel’s ‘Gaspard de la Nuit’ has been labeled ‘three poems for the piano’ and the first was captivating as subtle and fluent while fingerwork described the antics of the water sprite Ondine, although the third, a ghastly imp, lacked the vital menace.
Three Chopin Mazurkas which are based on Polish folk dances got the rhythms and earthy robustness which are called for.
Jason Bae worked hard to bring out the musical depth which lies in Rachmaninov’s richly-layered Sonata No.2 but he was badly let down by the aging Yamaha piano.
Despite the pianist’s heroic efforts, these were continually undermined by its jangling sounds, and we look forward to hearing such a fine artist playing on an instrument fit for his talents.