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Great Romantics at St John the Evangelist Flinders - Review

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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.
St John the Evangelist, Flinders, PSMF, Peninsula Summer Music Festival, Kevin Suherman, Chopin, Liszt, Schumann, Mendelssohn, great romantics
St John the Evangelist, Flinders

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.

st John the Evangelist, Flinders, PSMF, Peninsula Summer Music Festival, Kevin Suherman, Chopin, Liszt, Schumann, Mendelssohn, great romantics
Kevin Suherman

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.
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Why? Pianist Kevin Suherman performs a selection of virtuosic works by Chopin, Liszt and Mendelssohn
When: Saturday January 7 2016 at 11am
Phone: 0456 392 689
Where: St John the Evangelist, Flinders
Cost: $55/$50 concession
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