Sometimes one hour could be enough. Like this lunchtime recital at Wigmore Hall by Javier Perianes which created a path from the early Chopin to the late one linking with Debussy impressionism and the evocation of Falla music. Perianes Chopin was poetic but still reflexive, showing the seed that was grown and developed by other like Debussy. Isolated preludes from the later are not easy to present but Perianes showed some good ideas.
Leif Ove Andsnes presented a very demanding programme at the Royal Festival Hall. I found it perfect and not at all the typical thing a pianist takes on tour. It included: * Sibelius small pieces from his last album that is rocking, to fill the promotion/present bits * Jörg Widmann music, to fill the contemporary bits * Schubert not so popular pieces, to bring light into a well known composer * a Beethoven sonata, the big repertoire quota * Chopin works, as final beauty treat