The Friends of the State Botanical Garden of Georgia presented Enrique Graf in the annual performance of the Christopher Ballew Memorial Concert. (Photo at the Day Chapel of the Gardens).
The endowed series brings noted authors, lecturers, musicians and exhibitions to the State Botanical Garden, University of Georgia in celebration of the beauty and splendor of nature.
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.