30 June 2013 ©Otago Daily Times
Jason Bae Piano Recital
29th June 2013
Cromwell Memorial Hall
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
Young pianist, Jason Bae, arrived in Cromwell for his performance at the Cromwell Memorial Hall last Saturday evening on a high. His adrenalin rush was the result of a bungy jump “I just had to do” he said explaining his mother and grandmother had both indulged in this little bit of madness many years ago. “It’s the first time I have ever done a bungy jump before a concert performance” he added.
The excitement of his activity at the Kawarau Bridge certainly did not affect his performance as he showed why he is widely regarded as being on the cusp of an extraordinary musical career. His playing combined all the called for technical ability intertwined with a youthful nerve to be unfazed by the tests each composition presented. His execution of the technically challenging Rachmaninov’s Sonata No 2 with its sudden changes in dynamics, tempo and hand positioning made this intricate piece look easy.
Not surprisingly, the applause at the end of his advertised programme demanded an encore. And what an encore - Chopin’s Fantaisie Impromptu Op 66 – at the conclusion of which he received a well deserved standing ovation.
Heather McPherson, Chair of Cromwell Community Arts which presented the concert in association with Chamber Music New Zealand, said “Jason’s performance was marvellous and we were also delighted with the audience numbers which exceeded our expectations”.
It’s unlikely New Zealand audiences will hear Jason Bae perform for a while as in September he is off to the Royal Academy of Music in London to further his music career. He said he would “like to come back to Cromwell one day, it’s a good venue with a good piano” He also admitted to being a fan of Mt Difficulty Pinot Noir and was “very happy” that he had the opportunity to visit their winery briefly.