Reprinted from yesterday's late editions.
The recital by Philippe Entremont at Tawes Theater Monday night seemed curiously erratic, for an artist of established international reputaion. It could have been an off night. Or it may have been an unwise selection of material.
The event was the second concert of Maryland University's ongoing International Piano Festival. The program included 3 Intermezzos and the G Minor Ballade from Brahms' Opus 118: Schumann's "Symphonic Etudes": 5 Preludes by Debussy: and Prokofiev's Sonata No. 2 in D Minor.
The evening was not without its felicitous phases, to be sure. With the exception of the treacherous "Feux d'artifice." which sounded more effortful than billiant, the Debussy Preludes were filled with niceties of shading and atmospheric suggestion. The toccata-like finale of the Prokoiiev Sonata also came off quite impressively, though the bombastic piece scarcely seemed worth the trouble.
The whole first half, however, was disappointing. Save for the opening A Minor Intermezzo, which had a fine passionate sweep, the Brahms pieces were overinterpreted, with too many liberaties dissipating the grand line. Weakest of all was the Schumann, which was technically uneven and unconvincing in its rhetoric. All in all, the most endearing part of the recital was a beautifully etched miniature from the French rococo (Couperin's "Socur Monique?") which served as a first encore.