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Joep Beving's simplicity is deep at Melbourne Recital Centre / Sydney Morning Herald

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It's not often an upright piano makes it to the big time, sitting centre-stage for a solo piano recital. But Joep Beving plays the kind of music that a grand piano wouldn't understand – music so quietly unassuming that it requires a humble instrument to bring it to life. An instrument that doesn't mind having its front panel removed to expose its inner workings, or having extra felt layers added to soften its sound.

At the Recital Centre on Saturday, the sight of the towering Dutchman with his knees touching the small keyboard enhanced the feeling that we had entered a slightly otherworldly domain. And Beving's music has a similar effect. On the surface, his compositions seem so simple as to be almost childlike: delicate melodies picked out over gently lilting harmonies and rhythms (often in 3/4 time). Yet like the best fairytales, they can bypass the conscious mind and tap into something deep and universal.

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