Nelson Freire at Lincoln Center
Even approaching seventy years old Nelson Freire remains a vastly underrated pianist. Essentially a hero in Brazil – and the expat community here in New York – his subtlety, restraint, and nobility of interpretation are remnants of an earlier age. Rarely tempted to play with anything but the most genteel, almost apologetic emotionality, his pianism is elegant, refined, and never less than thoughtful.
So too, on this evidence, is his programming. Harkening back to recitals that encompassed the entire tradition, albeit updating Bach for more Romantic tastes, this concert was an outstanding, if bashful, success.
The very gentlest of playing from Nelson Freire in this concert of (transcribed) Bach, Brahms, Prokofiev, Granados, and Chopin. Read the rest of my review at Seen & Heard here.