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Beatrice Rana @ Wolf Trap

Charles T. Downey, Beatrice Rana’s immaculate performance at Wolf Trap
Washington Post, November 4, 2013

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14th Van Cliburn
Competition, B. Rana

(released on November 12, 2013)
Victory at music competitions often goes to the performer who makes the fewest mistakes. Italian pianist Beatrice Rana, who won the Silver Medal at this year’s Van Cliburn Competition, gave an immaculate performance at her local debut on Friday night, in the Barns at Wolf Trap. There was almost nothing to criticize but only occasionally an interpretation that compelled attention.

Rana used her refined technique to tame the venue’s Yamaha piano, coaxing from it sounds of remarkable delicacy and finesse, especially in detailed inner voicings. Her performances of the two sets of variations by Robert Schumann she played here, recorded at the Cliburn, are being released this month by Harmonia Mundi. [Continue reading]
Beatrice Rana, piano
Silver Medalist, Van Cliburn Competition
Barns at Wolf Trap

Schumann, Variations on the Name of Abegg, op. 1
Schumann, Symphonic Etudes, op. 13
Prokofiev, Piano Sonata No. 6, op. 82
ENCORE: Rachmaninoff, Etude-Tableau, op. 39, no. 1 (C minor)

Tim Madigan, Cliburn finalist Beatrice Rana is a happy prodigy (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, June 6)

Christophe Huss, Beatrice Rana, la vedette programmée (Le Devoir, October 12)

Claude Gingras, Brillant début de saison à l'Orchestre Métropolitain (La Presse, October 19)

Arthur Kaptainis, OM gets it half Rite on opening night of season (Montreal Gazette, October 21)

Terry Ponick, Beatrice Rana, Van Cliburn Silver Medalist, to perform at The Barns (Washington Times, October 31)

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