Sun 14 Apr 2019

With fleet fingers, pianist Dénes Várjon brings German classics to life

Recital, Kennedy Center, Washington D. C.

Some of the most expressive playing unfolded just moments after the recital began in the opening movement of Beethoven’s forward-looking Piano Sonata No. 28. Várjon caressed odd, syncopated chords in the lyrical opening movement, added ethereal touches within the heaven-storming march and masterfully built fugue-like passages, blooming from the depths of the keyboard, in the final Allegro. […] Still, lesser artists pound their way through Schumann’s Études. Várjon performed with stunning control and dynamic savvy.