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Seong-Jin Cho takes Chopin through the roof at Davies Hall / San Francisco Classical Voice

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Bay Area Chopin fans finally had to have a chance to hear the winner of the 2015 Chopin Piano Competition, Korean pianist Seong-Jin Cho, on a U.S. tour with the Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Jacek Kaspszyk, the orchestra which accompanied Cho at the final stage of the competition. Anticipation was high at Davies Symphony Hall on Nov. 6, with a large percentage of Korean and Polish speakers in the audience. The most spectacular aspect of the performance was how "in concert" Cho was with the orchestra. It goes without saying that this particular orchestra is thoroughly familiar with the piece, and it anticipated every subtle sway in the tempo, every sigh, and every revelation in the score. There were moments Cho pushed the rhythmic elasticity indulgently, yet Kaspszyk and the orchestra were right there with him. The boisterous pace in the final movement was inebriated with joy, filled with surprises, and executed with exuberance.

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