Cédric Tiberghien has been enjoying a well deserved summer break after ending the season with two brilliant performances in North America. At the Blossom Festival, Cédric played Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto no. 2 with the Cleveland Orchestra, conducted by Stéphane Devène. Describing the performance as ‘an astounding Cleveland debut’ in The Plain Dealer, the reviewer continued:
“An apparent natural with Saint-Saëns, Tiberghien had a lock on all the score’s most fetching traits, channelling both its innocence and its volatility. To the work’s playful skittishness, the pianist brought a fantastically light, spidery touch, and where the music turned dark and thunderous, Tiberghien too morphed into a brooding, rapturous poet.”
Writing for Cleveland.com, Daniel Hathaway reports:
“Tiberghien’s thrilling progress through the piece in tandem with French conductor Stéphane Devène was at times expansive and lyrical, and at others positively seismic.
The first movement became a vast cadenza with dramatic orchestral punctuation that Tiberghien seemed to be creating on the spot—like a ruminative improvisation by an organist (a role Saint-Saëns filled for 19 years at L’église de la Madeleine). The second movement scherzo was gentle and spacious, the third a combustible tarantella. Tiberghien played with lucidity and flexibility, handsomely varying his tone to suit the mood of the moment.”
We are delighted that following this concert, Cédric has already been invited to return to the Cleveland Orchestra in the 14-15 season.
From Cleveland, Cédric headed for the Toronto Summer Festival where he gave a solo recital at Koerner Hall featuring works by Debussy, Schubert and Berg. As The Star reports:
“French pianist Cédric Tiberghien proved that the greatest storytellers do not shout, but speak softly. There are few pianists in the world who can play as softly yet clearly as he did in a program that mixed French and Austrian repertoire for the Toronto Summer Music Festival. […] It is truly rare to find a pianist who can juggle three even four separate lines of music at the same time, giving each a slightly different emphasis and colour. It made the four pieces by Debussy (two from the official program, two as encores) shimmer, glow and undulate with uncommon sensuousness.”
Bravo, Cédric, and congratulations on a wonderful conclusion to the season!