Whether student or master is playing, the approach is consistent. To judge from the first concert, Greene and his studio are quintessentially lyrical Chopin players. This doesn't mean they don't have the chops Vorobiev's technique was strong but supple; and it doesn't mean they don't have the guts Thayer's tone was firm but flexible. But it does mean that, like Greene, they all emphasize Chopin's long legato melodies. And although the precocious young composer's supervirtuoso piano writing sometimes made this tough to accomplish, Greene and his students pulled it off successfully in the first concert, and the audience can reasonably expect they'll be able to do it again.
The U-M Chopin Project concludes with concerts on April 7, 10, & 14.
[Review published April 2007]