When he gave me his program, I thought, "Three Sonatas?", like everybody else would. Well, the program turned out to be very carefully designed. As Tom described in the recital, these sonatas (Mozart K282, Chopin No3, and Beethoven No. 32) have completely different styles and couldn't be more different from each other.
They brought a wide variety of music to the evening, together with Ligeti's contemporary two etudes. Tom was such an expressive pianist with sensitivity, maturity and freshness - I loved his playing, don't you agree?
I was sitting right behind him therefore I couldn't see his finger movements that well. I was very impressed, however, by his pedalling work. I have never seen pianists who use all three pedals so effectively and beautifully. Anyway our first recital as "Soirées at Breinton" was a huge success, and I am really happy to have brought him in for this occasion. I put pressure on him when I picked him up from the station, saying that this was the first event and if he did well people would come back! Thanks Tom, for your great work!