Pianist James D’Leon returns
International Steinway Concert Artist James D’Leon returns to Chatter with a program of works by Mendelssohn, Corigliano, Spanish composers Mompou and Albeniz, and Liszt. After his performance in the prestigious Reading Festival in England, International Piano Magazine stated that “D’León is one of the latest U.S. pianists to watch, and his recital was a sheer and dazzling delight!”
James D’Leon has competed and won praise in many international piano competitions, had a New York Debut Recital at Carnegie Hall, and won the Gold Medal at the New Orleans International Piano Competition, which helped embark his performance career.His performances have garnered critical praise from audiences and critics everywhere including from the Salt Lake Tribune, which commented that “D’León was a musical sorcerer who mesmerized the audience with every note.”
Mendelssohn's work was written for a project to raise funds for a Beethoven monument in Bonn, Germany. It was written in 1841, which marks the beginning of his slow downfall into a physical and nervous breakdown that eventually killed him by the age of 38. It is his most serious work. Corigliano's composition, although commissioned for the bicentennial in 1976 at the Kennedy Center, is far from patriotic. Through each "etude," beginning with one entirely for the left hand, it depicts war from its most dramatic and violent to its eerie and quiet aftermath. It is a scary, dramatic, and highly effective work that all audiences completely understand.
The two Spanish works, both written by legendary Spanish composers Mompou and Albeniz are a musical pairing of beauty achieved by so few notes, and beauty achieved by so many notes. The Liszt Ballade No. 2 was written during a period in which Liszt was looking back on his life and figuring out how to move forward and away from his crazy concertizing life, partying lifestyle. This marked the beginning of his obsession with spiritual redemption, which culminated in him becoming an ordained priest.
Chatter Cabaret (formerly Club Beethoven) is an afternoon event with music beginning at 5:00 p.m. once a month. It is held at “Casablanca” in the Hotel Andaluz, 125 Second Street NW, downtown Albuquerque. Admission is $20, with food and drinks available separately. Tickets and information at www.chatterchamber.org.