Bruce Liu: Chopin Recital at the Salon Frédéric Chopin
From the Salon Frédéric Chopin at Paris's Place Vendôme, Bruce Liu – winner of the 2021 International Chopin Piano Competition – presents an intimate recital of the composer's music. The Ballades Nos. 2 and 3 form the heart of the programme, the one contrasting lilting lyricism with stormy outbursts, the other building from a quiet, understated opening to a triumphant conclusion. The ballades are bookended by two early works, the spritely Rondo à la mazur and the dazzlingly virtuosic Variations on "Là ci darem la mano". And Liu continues in virtuosic vein for two encores: Chopin's "Black Key" Etude in G-Flat and the breathtaking Etude "La Campanella" by Chopin's friend and rival Franz Liszt.
- Bruce Liu (Piano)