Irene Veneziano in Warsaw (29-11-2011)

“A couple of days ago I learned that one of my favourite young pianists in the 2010 Chopin Competition, the Italian Irene Veneziano, would be playing at a private concert in the Royal Castle in Warsaw at an event mounted by the outgoing Ambassador of Italy to Poland, Signore Aldo Mantovani. (…)

After the Verdi, the beautiful Faazioli concert grand piano was then wheeled across for Irene Veneziano to take the solo part in Fryderyk Chopin’s E minor Concerto op. 11. I was full of anticipation as I had been prevented from hearing her perform this work in the Chopin Competition last year as, in my humble opinion, the judges had inexplicably excluded her from the finals of the competition.
Elegantly dressed as ever, she began the Allegro maestoso in a noble and classically restrained manner, not overtly romantic but with a true understanding of the period Varsovian classical styl brillant so characteristic of this work. The influence of Hummel and John Field must never be overlooked in the sometimes irresistable temptation to over-romanticise the interpretation of Chopin. The Romanze (Larghetto) sang with the beautiful bel canto of Bellini so beloved by the composer. The radiant tone Veneziano extracted from the Fazioli instrument perfectly suited the nostalgic yearning of young love that so suffuses this music, a love song full of ardent emotion. She is never sentimental but plays with a Mozartian poise and refinement. This was much in evidence in the exuberant, dancing Rondowhich concludes the work, so full of youthful charm and delight. (…) As an encore she performed with great panache the technically demanding and highly entertaining Saint-Saens Toccata – Etude Op. 111 No.6. (…)  29 Novembre 2011 

Michael Moran