Posted by Peter Mallett on 2016/12/29 16:58:58 (370 reads)
Friday, October 21st
It is 17 years since I presented French pianist Patricia Pagny’s Japan debut in Osaka. On 21st October at the Kobe Club on Patricia’s latest Japan concert tour, four members of the audience of that first recital were again in the audience. They have been at all the concerts in between. This says something about the loyalty Patricia’s performances inspire. Patricia has also built up a fan base at the Kobe Club where she has now performed four times – many of the Club members at this concert had been to her previous recitals.
Her fans were not disappointed on this occasion either. Despite having own in from Europe only the day before, Patricia showed no sign of jetlag in an energetic programme entitled ‘Tempestoso’, or stormy. This provided plenty of evidence why Patricia has been dubbed the ‘lioness of the keyboard’, nowhere more so than in the piece which lent its name to the programme: Beethoven’s Sonata in D Minor, op.31 No.2, ‘The Tempest’, said to have been inspired by Shakespeare’s play of the same title.
After the interval, the programme continued with Schubert’s Hüttenbrenner Variations, Chopin’s Nocturne in C sharp Minor and second Ballade in F minor, before ending with three Preludes by fellow countryman Claude Debussy, including the virtuosic ‘Ce qu’a vu le vent d’ouest’ (‘What the West Wind Saw’)
For the occasion Chef Kamiki also rustled up a storm in the kitchen, providing us with a sumptuous dinner of autumn flavours, all presented with customary elegance.
Audiences and critics alike in the most prestigious venues around the world, from London to Chicago, Paris to Calgary, have praised Patricia’s talents so it is a great privilege that she keeps returning to Japan and finds time in her schedule to play for us at the Kobe Club.
However, as I wrote in my review of her recital in 2007, the Kobe Club piano does not match the calibre of this musician and I would encourage the Board Members to look into a thorough overhaul, if replacement is not possible, so that we can continue to enjoy such occasions by outstanding artistes.
- Peter Mallett
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