Reviews: Simon Tedeschi plays Rachmaninoff, Gershwin

Reviews: Simon Tedeschi plays Rachmaninoff, Gershwin
June 18, 2017 Jacqueline

Live reviews of Simon Tedeschi‘s recent concerto performances:

  • Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto no.4 with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Benjamin Northey:

“Out of the crashing waves of melodic energy [Tedeschi] emerged not as the triumphant hero but as someone very much at one with his surroundings — far more part of the orchestra, a fellow musician, than the flashy virtuoso… Tedeschi’s legato is astonishing … giving Rachmaninov’s music a diamond-cut clarity”– Harriet Cunningham (reviewer for the SMH), March 2017

Simon Tedeschi almost breathed the music in his fingers… Tedeschi embraced the intensely hued and distinctive jazz quality of the composition with verve and relish. His fingers flashed over the keys of the Steinway grand piano like the beams of light off snow”– The Culture Concept, March 2017

  • Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Nicholas Carter:

“Mercurial virtuoso pianist Simon Tedeschi possessed just the right degree of easygoing humour and fierce determination to make Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue sizzle. His tone is strictly classical with no jagged, jazzy edges, but there were lashings of romantic warmth and light-fingered brilliance in his performance, giving this iconic composition elegance, style and panache.”– The Adelaide Advertiser, February 2017

“The large audience lapped it up and didn’t let Tedeschi escape without an encore. He is an Australian treasure.” – The Barefoot Review, February 2017

Coming up later this year… Simon performs Gershwin’s Concerto in F with Christchurch Symphony Orchestra‘s Masterworks series (11 November 2017)