Simon Trpceski plays Rimsky-Korsakov
Good lord this was amazing. After an absorbing first half comprised of the piano version of Grieg's "Holberg Suite" and selections from Mendelssohn's many "Songs Without Words," Trpceski played Rimsky-Korsakov's "Scheherazade" in full (as arranged by Paul Gilson). This was one of the most hair-raising piano performances I've ever seen (and that's saying a lot coming from me). Who needs an orchestra? Trpceski replicated so much of the color of Scheherazade that there were only a few spots I noticed it missing, and beyond that he nailed the drama and fun of it all. There were some superhuman passages in the piano arrangement that made me want to say holy fuck out loud. I wish I could get the video of his hands. And through it all the many young people in the audience that day (an entire busload of middle-schoolers, and a larger-than-usual number of kids with their parents) were transfixed, and I could hear some of them exclaiming afterwards.