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Bernstein's Age of Anxiety with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra at the Aldeburgh Music Festival

To See the Invisible, Aldeburgh Festival, review: oddly compelling

by Rupert Christiansen The Telegraph

June 9, 2018

“The concert book ended Bernstein with Britten in music composed under the shadow of war, matching the rather flat-footed melodrama of Britten’s Sinfonia da Requiem against Bernstein’s febrile, haunted Age of Anxiety, its solo piano part played here with headstrong virtuosity by Cédric Tiberghien.”

Debussy's Fantasy for Piano and Orchestra with the London Symphony Orchestra

Concert review: London Symphony Orchestra/François-Xavier Roth at the Barbican

by Rebecca Franks The Times

January 30, 2018

“Debussy radically reinvents music elsewhere; in the Fantasy he is not quite radical enough. It’s best enjoyed as a delicious indulgence in sound, as the London Symphony Orchestra did here, with the pianist Cédric Tiberghien splendid at the piano; nimble yet robust, dreamy yet forthright.”

CD review: Chopin Piano Sonata No 2 - Preludes - Scherzo

Chopin Piano Sonata No 2. Preludes. Scherzo No 2 (Tiberghien)

by Harriet Smith Gramophone

December 1, 2017

“As his Preludes abundantly demonstrate, he’s a Chopin player of real class… …listen to the quietude he finds in No 4, with its subtle gradations of pianissimo, or the way the music fades to nothing in the mesmerising closing moments of the Sixth. Even in the more full-throated Preludes, there’s a very French-style fingeriness to Tiberghien’s articulation that means textures never become heavy or stifling…. …in the final prelude he swaps straightforward assertive virtuosity for something altogether more compelling – a private sense of desperation, setting the seal on a refreshingly thoughtful set of Preludes.”

Saint-Saëns Piano Cto. No. 5 at BBC Proms 2017

Vienna Philharmonic went through the motions, plus all the best of the BBC 2017 Proms so far

by Ivan Hewett The Telegraph

August 17, 2017

“A composer with an eye on the orient in more ways than one, Saint-Saëns subtitled his Fifth Piano Concerto the “Egyptian”. A Nubian love song and the croaking of Nile frogs can be heard, the result of the work being partly composed at Luxor. But playing a dusky turn-of-the-century piano Cédric Tiberghien also supplied Mozartian clarity and dazzling syncopations, matched with finesse by the orchestra. Let’s hope they record this fascinating work.

Tiberghien followed this with an Alhambra-inspired Debussy prelude and rejoined the orchestra after interval for Franck’s Les Djinns — evoking diabolical Persian genies. But his Saint-Saëns will remain an outstanding highlight of the 2017 Proms.”

Ravel's Left Hand Concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra

LSO – Mark Elder conducts A Shropshire Lad, A Pastoral Symphony, La mer … Cédric Tiberghien plays Ravel’s Piano Concerto for the Left Hand

by Colin Anderson Classical Source

April 28, 2016

“Tiberghien’s first entry was magisterial and soon became bittersweet. Outbursts from him, and from the orchestra, were generated from within, and if Tiberghien missed the odd note, his inborn connection with the music was irresistible…”

Ravel, Debussy and Szymanowski with Chicago Symphony Presents

Tiberghien triumphs in debut

by John von Rhein Chicago Tribune

May 6, 2015

“You know a pianist has more than enough technique to ignite the keys when he begins a program with Ravel’s ‘Gaspard de la nuit,’ one of the most cruelly demanding virtuoso pieces in the entire repertory. The tall, lanky Frenchman (who turned 40 on Tuesday) conveyed the music’s eerie nocturnal mystery and diabolical ferocity with power, elegance and controlled intensity. What’s more, Tiberghien was scrupulous in observing tempo and dynamic markings, also the haunting fantasy that lies beyond the notes on the page.”

Blossom Festival with the Cleveland Orchestra

Cleveland Orchestra guests prove to be brilliant ‘French Connections’ (review)

by Zachary Lewis The Plain Dealer

July 29, 2013

“With an electrifying performance of Saint-Saens’ Piano Concerto No. 2, the up-and-coming artist easily moved listeners on a chilly evening to drop their blankets and spring to their feet… To the work’s playful skittishness, the pianist brought a fantastically light, spidery touch, and where the music turned dark and thunderous, Tiberghien too morphed into a brooding, rapturous poet.”

Ravel Piano Concerto in G Major, the Boston Symphony at Carnegie Hall

Getting to Carnegie’s Podium With Little Time to Practice

by Anthony Tommasini The New York Times

March 8, 2012

“On Wednesday night, for the second program, the conductor Christoph Eschenbach took over. The highlight was a fresh and dazzling account of Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G, with the brilliant French pianist Cédric Tiberghien, who played with rich, rounded tone in the lyrical stretches and fleet, crisp articulation in the spiraling, jazzy, virtuosic passages.”