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Review: Daniel Lebhardt, King's Lynn Festival

Another up and coming young pianist gave an exciting, but sensitive piano recital at a King’s Lynn Festival Coffee Concert.

Daniel Lebhardt, born in Hungary, has won several international competitions and has been invited to record music by Bartok for Decca. He performs widely.

His recital on Wednesday consisted of music by Bach, Brahms and Bartok, which covered works from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.

King's Lynn Festival logo (14282843)
King's Lynn Festival logo (14282843)

Bach’s Partita No.6 was played with clarity and sensitivity but with emphasis on the romantic way of playing with dynamic contrasts, for instance, to the fore. This certainly worked for me.

The same romantic, passionate style, worked well in the late Brahms pieces, Op.119, but Daniel also played with delicacy when appropriate.

It was an excellent idea to conclude the recital with Bartok ‘s ‘Out of Doors’ Suite, not so well known with audiences. It is technically difficult, with plenty of percussive passages and mood changes, but was discharged with confidence and panache by Daniel.

The short Schubert encore brought the recital to a satisfying conclusion.

Another talented young pianist who will get better known as time goes by.

Andy Tyler.

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