Yoahn John Kwon | Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural Center | Classical | Chicago Reader
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When: Wed., Dec. 30, 12:15 p.m. 2009
South Korean-born pianist Yoahn John Kwon, a winner in the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center's Young Musicians Competition, offers a program on his 28th birthday that's the perfect antidote for holiday-music overload. Unfortunately, I know more about holiday music than I've been able to discover about Kwon's playing. But both works on this program spring from their composers with great power and originality. From the vehemence of its opening to the rapt serenity of its finale, Beethoven's last piano sonata—no. 32, op. 111—pushes form and instrument to their limits. In his Barcarolle, Chopin transforms what traditionally was a pleasant gondolier's song into a luminous work of unexpected drama and profundity. —Steve Langendorf

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