In the music program of the 67th Dubrovnik Summer Festival, the renowned French pianist Philippe Entremont held a piano recital last night, August 19, in the Rector's Palace atrium. Maestro returned to the Festival after 31 year break since the last time he played in the Rector's Palace, in 1975.
The repertoire of the recital, which was held in a warm and friendly atmosphere, consisted of Bach’s Partita No. 1 in B minor, Beethoven’s Sonata No. 30 in E major, Chopin's Nocturne No. 8 in D flat major and Scherzo No. 2, Debussy's Images I and Sonatine in F sharp major by Maurice Ravel. A long and complex program introduced to the audience a section of musical piano compositions from Bach to Rave. Maestro Entremont presented a great shape he still has and a good sense of harmony and measure of interpretation. It is no wonder that the last night's atmosphere was so worm - part of the audience, as well as maestro himself, certainly remembered his recital in Rector's Palace during the 70's.
The exceptional career of Philippe Entremont began at the age of eighteen when he came to international attention with his great success at New York’s Carnegie Hall playing Jolivet’s piano concerto and Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1. Since then, he has pursued a top international career as a pianist, and for the last 30 years, on the podium as well. In the 2010-2011 season, Philippe Entremont became Principal Conductor of the Boca Raton Philharmonic and Lifetime Laureate Conductor of the Munich Symphony Orchestra. One of the most recorded artists of all time, Philippe Entremont has appeared on many labels, including CBS Sony, Teldec and Harmonia Mundi, and he has garnered all of the leading prizes and awards in the industry. It is interesting that he was a member of the jury for Chopin Competition 2015, when the Croatian pianist Aljoša Jurinić, who was presented to the festival audience a few days ago, achieved a great success entering the finals.