It is...his playing of three movements from Stravinsky’s Petrouchka that really tempts one to reach for superlatives...His clarity and endurance are truly impressive...impish energy and mysticism...a brilliant performance.
...conjures up an invisible ballet, returning the Movements to their heritage on the stage.
It was pianist Eric Huebner who delivered the money moment, tossing off Gyorgy Ligeti's meteor shower of a Piano Concerto with such spectacular aplomb that all the ordinary virtuosity around it seemed like so much static noise.
The work's playful dialogue of recurring sonorities depended on an ability to differentiate several distinct dynamic levels, a feat in which Huebner was masterfully precise.
Ingenious interpreter of new music...technical maturity...
Pianist Eric Huebner has drawn worldwide acclaim for his performances of new and traditional music since making his debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at age 17. In January 2012, he was appointed pianist of the New York Philharmonic and has been featured in works by Lindberg, Stravinsky, Ives, Milhaud, Carter and R. Strauss among others. In March 2016, he was featured in recital as part of the New York Philharmonic's "Messiaen Week" - a series concerts featuring the work of the late French composer. He has collaborated with the conductor David Robertson in performances of György Ligeti’s Piano Concerto, Olivier Messiaen’s Oiseaux Exotiques and on the American premiere with percussionist Colin Currie of Elliott Carter's Two Controversies and a Conversation for piano, percussion and chamber ensemble. From 2001 through 2012, Huebner was a member of Antares, a quartet comprised of clarinet, violin, cello and piano. First prize winners of the 2002 Concert Artists Guild International Competition, Antares appeared regularly in major chamber music venues throughout the United States and worked closely with many composers on the commissioning of new works for its combination.
Ligeti: Mysteris of the Macabre
Bartok: Music for Strings, percussion and celeste
Alan Gilbert, conductor