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Chopin, Liszt and Mendelssohn at St John the Evangelist
From the minute the boyish Kevin Suherman started playing Chopin's Fantaisie Impromptu Op. 66 in this fine old Gothic church, the audience knew they were in the hands of a master and visibly relaxed into their pews.
What followed was Suherman's 'best of everything' selection from the romantic period, and it was hard to argue with his choices. From the light-and-shade of Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody No.2 through the showmanship of Chopin's Scherzo No.2 Op. 31 with its digital gymnastics to Liszt's Liebestraum No.3, Suherman's lightness of touch—combined with a freakish dexterity—created an emotional response in the audience rarely seen in less intimate venues.
Chopin's histrionic Grande Polonaise Brilliant Op.22 brought the audience to their feet, after which he soothed the savage beast with his thoughtful choice of encore—Schumann's Dreaming. Perhaps it was the mid-summer heat, perhaps it wasn't, but many an audience member was seen wiping droplets from their eyes by recital's end. It was one of those performances to which it was a privilege to bear witness.