-and some great news from the blogs about Portland pianist, Darlene Cusick.
“Pianists who only play one piece in the first round take a chance but she was on safe ground with her assay of Barber’s Sonata, Op. 26. She had a firm grasp of the piece and gave it an impressive performance. She was especially good in the fugue as she kept all of the independent lines clear and the fugal subject on top of the texture every time it appeared. She deserves to move on.”
I’ll second that opinion, having heard her performance thanks to the streamed and archived performances at cliburn.org.
Although I only listened to Cusick’s performance today, blogger Gregory Sullivan Isaacs take on the day concludes with this review of Chicago pianist Janet Underhill: “…Ginastera’s Danzas Argentinas that was possibly the most impressive performance of the day. The program bio said that she played in a big band and that background really came through in the jazzy Latin dances rhythms of this piece. We all cheered when it was over.”
Stay tuned tomorrow for another Oregon resident – and her son – play the Preliminary Round at the Cliburn tomorrow.