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DongHyek Lim, Piano Recital

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DongHyek Lim, Piano Recital on Yamaha
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Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
March 4, 2005


Frederic Chopin:

Scherzo No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 31

Nocturne in D flat, Op. 27 No. 2

Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 35

Three Mazurkas Op. 59

Prelude Op. 28, No. 13 – No. 18

Andante spianato et Grande Polonaise brillante Op. 22

Tonight’s concert in the interesting, new performance auditorium (which can be technologically set to take on the tones of a larger or smaller concert hall) and studios of Yamaha Artist Services was to introduce to New Yorkers a young Korean artist, DongHyek Lim, a protégé of Martha Argerich who records on EMI. Mr. Lim was to perform at Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theatre (known as a movie theatre, but sometimes rented as a concert auditorium) that Sunday morning, and tonight’s performance was his New York City Debut.

The all Chopin program was well received by the audience, composed of special guests, friends, relatives, and a special following of Yamaha artists. Mr. Lim handled the concert with much skill but some trepidation, as he seemed to proceed through movements and breaks with awkward timing, creating confusion for his audience, as to the moment of their applause, which seemed to occur at each and every pause. This lack of stage presence might be expected at a debut, and Mr. Lim rarely appeared relaxed, even at his ovations. In fact, at the end of the concert, when his fans applauded for one more bow, or, perhaps, one encore, Mr. Lim disappeared offstage to return later to greet friends and professional contacts, highly organized by Yamaha Artist Services. One other distracting issue was the faint but clear sound of jazz, during the Chopin recital, emanating through walls or vents from another floor of the Yamaha Artist studios.

This magazine has reviewed many new instrumental and vocal artists at a wide variety of recital halls and piano showrooms. Hopefully, Mr. Lim will learn to stand and bow, nod, smile, or walk offstage between works, so that his personal audience, who seemed unfamiliar with the pieces performed, will remain less confused. However, the good news is that DongHyek Lim is a very talented young man. At the keyboard, his passion seemed released, and, sitting in the front row, I heard him hum and saw him close his eyes, as if he saw and felt the music in his very flesh.

The first half of the program, Scherzo No. 2, Nocturne in D flat, and Sonata No. 2, was persuasive, possessed, and passionate. The Yamaha concert grand allowed each note to melt to the next. Three Mazurkas, Prelude Op. 28, and Andante spianato and Grande Polonaise passed from lyrical dances, to melancholia, to ethereal floating, to rapid inspiration. Kudos to DongHyek Lim at his NYC Debut. His CD’s can be explored through the EMI Website.

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