With a flair for long melodic lines and intensity of sound, pianist Yu Kosuge stormed through a recital focused on Beethoven and Chopin at the historic Evermay Estate in Georgetown on Friday evening.
The recital — part of the S&R Foundation’s inaugural Overtures Holiday Concert Series — featured the Tokyo-born/Hanover- and Salzburg-trained pianist’s take on Beethoven’s “Moonlight” Sonata No. 14 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 27, No. 2. She showed restraint in a meditative, steady account of the opening movement, where the melody, delicately layered over glassy-smooth arpeggios, was conducive to the ballroom’s acoustics and cabaret-style setting. As much as she seemed to enjoy the lilting second movement, Kosuge dove into the finale’s fury without pause, reveling in the fiery accented chords and pushing the limits of her sonic boundaries.