Sergio Tiempo flaunts “unbuttoned wildness” under Dudamel

24 March 2016

Sergio Tiempo triumphantly closes his first LA Philharmonic tour under Gustavo Dudamel. The tour included four concerts at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, as well as venues in New York, Paris, Luxembourg and London.

He performed Ginastera’s Piano Concerto No. 1 at London’s Barbican Centre to critical acclaim:

Best of all was the rare performance of Alberto Ginastera’s First Piano Concerto [...] Dudamel was joined by his fellow Venezuelan Sergio Tiempo, an astonishing soloist who played with fearless attack and commanded the complex score from memory.
John Allison, The Telegraph

Ginastera’s Piano Concerto No 1 has a fiendish solo part that the undaunted Sergio Tiempo dispatched with fierce control.
Neil Fisher, The Times

[The] drama was brilliantly realised with the extraordinary Sergio Tiempo at the keyboard… Tiempo’s performance was astonishing by its combination of unbuttoned wildness and fastidious precision.
Michael Church, The Independent *****

The Argentinian composer Alberto Ginastera’s rarely heard first piano concerto [was] played with authoritative dexterity by Sergio Tiempo.
Martin Kettle, The Guardian ****

American reviews included:

The massive solo part, fearlessly played by Sergio Tiempo, ranges from hauntingly jazzy bits to great bursts of keyboard colour that the Venezuelan pianist seemed born to reveal.
Mark Swed, The LA Times

The Venezuelan pianist Sergio Tiempo played it here with percussive ferocity and lean exactitude.
Timothy Mangan, Orange County Register

Sergio Tiempo played with grand vivacity.
Zachary Woolfe, The New York Times

Sergio Tiempo takes to the stage with Ginastera under Alondra de la Parra and the Queensland Symphony Orchestra next month.

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