Sächzische Zeitung Dresden - Dippoldiswalde, 10 May 2008

Difficult work mastered effortlessly

In the "Master Artists" series in Dippoldiswalde, Eliane Rodrigues presented her third brilliant performance in a row. The Brazilian pianist, who lives with her family in Belgium, is such a magnificent musician that I automatically regarded her as my "musical friend" after her two previous appearances in "Dipps" as the locals call it. This time, in a concert on Whit Saturday, she played a programme of works by Beethoven and Chopin. Everything about her is simply right: an admirable, faultless technique and a superior touch with the keyboard. However, the most important thing, which is granted only to the very few, is her ability to sense the soul of every piece she plays and present it to her audience in her interpretation. The delightful result is that every piece sounds new and fresh.

For instance, listening to Beethoven's Opus 111, his last piano sonata with only two movements, was a fascinating experience. It's a pity that the piano produced a muted, not especially cantabile tone in the bass region. Perhaps this was due to the curtain being too close, or maybe the tuning was off. This should be sorted out.

The well-known actor Olaf Hörbe read from Thomas Mann's Dr. Faustus with great oratorical effect.

After the break, we heard six of Frédéric Chopin's polonaises - a task that only a virtuoso can handle. Eliane Rodrigues enchanted her audience with her interpretation of these richly contrasting pieces: the Polonaise-Fantaisie with its emotive freedoms, sometimes restrained but with powerful surges; the Grande Polonaise with its elegant Andante; the Polonaise in C sharp minor with its introspective central section; the Military Polonaise; the powerfully energetic Polonaise in F sharp minor; and finally the Polonaise in A flat major, also known as the Polonaise "Héroïque". Already with the Beethoven, and certainly with the Chopin, I could do no other than admire the artist's wonderfully delicate left hand, which mastered these infinitely difficult pieces with so little effort. Shouts of "Bravo", prolonged applause, and an encore.

Heinz Weber