So, how did it go? I think that it was a great recital overall, and I like the fact that he chose the pieces that he played. I remember him playing Beethoven's Appassionata sonata last year, and that was a little disappointing. I wanted Beethoven to be more rigid, but I think he played it with too much rubato. This time, however, since it was Chopin and Debussy, his use of rubato was well-tempered. It was Romantic and Impressionist music at its best.
Some highlights of the program included Debussy's La Cathedrale engloutie and the whole series of Estampes. I loved how he performed both pieces, successfully evoking the scenes and pictures that the pieces were supposed to evoke. Also, the performances of Chopin's Berceuse and Barcarolle was amazing as well. I am not familiar with the Barcarolle but I knew the Berceuse, and I loved the way how he handled the multiple variations of that piece, which is centered on just two chords.
He gave two encores, both Chopin pieces: a mazurka in F minor, and the Revolutionary Etude. Of course he is a professional, so he hid his wrong notes quite well. If people didn't know the piece, then they might not have realized that there was a wrong note a couple of times in the program. Aside from that, it was a wonderful evening. I am glad I had my fix of classical music again.