Haydn’s Concerto No. 11 for piano and orchestra followed, with Graf in top form, with a perfect mechanism in the service of a subtle musical intelligence. He knew how to communicate Haydn’s message, avoiding overloading or overflowing, with an exact dynamic gradation and a sober expressive force. Graf also did not forget to emphasize the intimate side of the composer with admirable lyricism in the Adagio where the clear balance of the piano joined the” tutti “in moments of profound musicality. Then came Symphonic Variations for piano and orchestra by Cesar Franck. Graf approached his part with a clarity and simplicity in the purest Franckian spirit. Among the outstanding qualities of the soloist are privileged memory, diaphanous fingering and phrasing, his precise concept of the dynamics and structure of the work as well as his tight control of sound balance. Complete review here.
In conjunction with his appearance with the SODRE Symphony Orchestra and presented by the Jose Garramon Foundation, Graf worked with students and teachers at Teatro Solis.
He likes to share his knowledge and experience by offering master classes wherever he performs.
The performance will take place Saturday July 23 at the National Auditorium Dr. Adela Reta in Montevideo (Photo).
The OSSODRE will be conducted by Martin Garcia and the program starts with Debussy’s Prelude a l’apres-midi d’un faune and ends with Ravel’s La Valse. In between Graf will be soloist in Haydn’s D Major Concerto and Symphonic Variations for piano and orchestra.
The concert will be broadcast on Radio Clasica at 6:30 PM (Eastern Time)