by Stephanie Manning
During the second round, the pianists are given thirty minutes to present their recitals. This is the last chance for the 26 contestants to make an impression before the group will be whittled down to just eight for the semi-finals.
Lin Ye (28, China) introduced the second round with one of Beethoven’s most famous works: Sonata No. 21 in C Major, Op. 53, “Waldstein.” The pianist combined a beautiful light touch with sensitive phrasing to keep the piece in constant motion, preventing the repetitive chordal figures from sounding stagnant. Ye took his time in the slow and expressive opening of the second movement, fully focused on listening and responding to the music. [Read more…]