1. Gordon M. Brown
    December 16, 2016 @ 11:23 am

    Mr. Herman,

    You are of course entitled to think whatever you like about Dr. Kim’s treatment of forte passages, but frankly, if you want to be taken seriously as a music critic, you might consider first of all the performer’s intentions for creating the program that he or she did. This was a celebration of the release of Dr. Kim’s latest recording, which is a compilation of her favorite encores. I do not know Dr. Kim very well, yet I do know that she intended to put some of these pieces on display, and to insert a few surprises besides. There was no pretense here that she would interject a lengthier, perhaps more substantial work such as Liszt’s Sonata in B minor (which this “young” pianist recorded nearly ten years ago, along with Mozart’s Sonata No. 4, K. 282, and the first book of “Images pour piano” by Debussy–not exactly lightweight stuff). In other words, she’s been there, done that. It baffles me that you would think her omission of the more extended, probing repertoire would jeopardize all prospects for her future success, especially when such works would be so out-of-character with the theme and motivation of this particular program.

    Perhaps you’re not aware that many dozens of people contributed financially to ensure that Dr. Kim’s latest project comes to fruition. Many of them were in the audience that day; Dr. Kim expressed her gratitude for their generosity by putting on precisely this program, and she was rewarded in turn by receiving such an enthusiastic response from her supporters. I wonder what aspect of this process makes you so angry.


  2. Ken Herman
    December 17, 2016 @ 4:46 pm

    I evaluated this recital using the same criteria I employ for any piano recital I cover. I was asked to review this recital by Kim’s agent and found it wanting for the reasons I listed in the review. If it is the case that this event was not a public recital but a salon entertainment for Kim’s supporters, then no critic should have been asked to cover such an event. I was not expressing anger but critical disappointment.


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