The Piano - March 2008 - Written by Korea

One can describe Jerome Rose as "the Last Romantic of our own age".

One can describe Jerome Rose as “the Last Romantic of our own age”, a fervent pianist giving numerous recitals and master classes all over the world, a founder of the International Keyboard Institute and Festival and a faculty member of the Mannes College in New York.
However the most impressive aspect about pianist Jerome Rose is his performance itself expressed with such maturity and natural flow. In his recital at Sejong Chamber Hall on January 19th, one could find true freedom in his music that only a man who has overcome life’s turmoil and pathos could bring.

In Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109, Mr. Rose certainly digested the huge scale of sonority and dynamics. His expression was genuine and did not have any extravagant style.

Schumann’s Carnaval, Op. 9 started with a magnificent force. The piece as a whole had a dynamic flow while the caricature of each movement had clear characteristics with vitality and exuberance. The melody line was sensitive yet firmly expressed. His approach to music was fearless and convincing.

The second half started with Beethoven’s Late Piano Sonata. The first movement of Op. 110 No. 31 had a light and illuminant touch. Mr. Rose evidently proved himself as “The Romantic” in his tone color and the natural flow that connected the movements as in one piece. The fugue had a clear structure and tension was built gradually to the end.

The last piece was Liszt’s Mephisto Waltz No. 1. His passionate expression and precise articulation brought out the work’s brilliant and dynamic atmosphere most efficiently.

The presentation was most appreciated for the originality in expression that the pianist brought in his performance.


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