From music critic Lindsay Koob:
Intermezzo II packed listeners into Grace Church like sardines on Monday, while mournful wannabe-theres were turned away in droves outside - pianist Andrew von Oeyen is always a big draw. This was quite the
contrast from last year, when he played one of Rachmaninoff’s drippy and spectacular romantic concertos.
The Haydn and Mozart concertos he performed this time – while conducting from the keyboard – sparkled and shimmered with period grace; this guy can play anything, and beautifully. We even got to hear him spontaneously improvise his own cadenzas in the Haydn – common practice for classical-era virtuosos (Mozart did it all the time). Well, at least he can relax, now that the pressure’s off, and enjoy the rest of the festival. I hope for a Tuesday visit from him at Millennium Music downtown. If it’s gonna happen, you’ll read it here first. -LK