LIVE: Charlie Albright @ College of St. Rose’s Massry Center, 1/27/12
Review and photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk
The folks at the Massry Center for the Arts have a good thing going on as far as exposing young prodigious talents to the Capital Region is concerned. They’re at the top of their game, recently presenting such up-and-coming international talents as Hungarian pianist Janos Balasz and Chinese pianist Yuja Wang.
Now they’ve uncovered the fine talents of Charlie Albright.
His awards and accolades have included rave reviews from The Washington Post and The New York Times. Hey, what’s better than that?
Here at the Massry, he traversed Franz Schubert with ease, danced with Ludwig Van Beethoven and snuck in a piece by Adolf Shulz-Evler – all before the intermission. Then in the second set Albright tackled the legendary Polish pianist-composer Frederic Chopin.
Let us say that Albright did it with aplomb and finesse, to say the least.
Also, let us say that, though he looks like he’s in his teens, this man is almost mid-way into his twenties, and by just hearing his take on Chopin, you know he’s done his homework… and more.
Kudos to the Massry and the College of Saint Rose’s Massry Center for presenting still more fresh, new talent. Albright is definitely on his way up the ladder to be one of the champions of classical piano in the near and far future.