Reprinted from yesterday's late editions
Piano performance of a high order was brought to the Tawes Theater concert hall Thursday night by Joerg Demus, in the fifth in the dazzling series of piano recitals which make up one facet of the current festival at the University of Maryland.
That Demus is a competent pianist is well known to the Washington audience, for he has been heard here in solo recital and as the accompanist of Fischer-Dieskau.
His program was familiar - the Bach "Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue," the Mozart "D Minor Fantasia" and the "Moonlight Sonata" by Beethoven mostly played with surprising unsteadiness of rhythm and infelicity of phrasing.
The second half of the program was by Schumann and was played with greater, warmth and sensitivity.
His best playing was of the Schumann "Fantasia," a piece requiring great strength, agility and temperament. These Demus had in good measure, and an occasional karate chop in the lowest octave can be forgiven. But I am going home to read the score of the Bach to reassure myself that it is a genuine masterpiece and that the clattering octaves toward the last were Demus, not Bach.
The audience was cordial and he played encores by Schumann and Schubert.