Daniel Pollack seems to be a household name, in houses with pianos at least. At any rate, he filled UCLA's Royce Hall Saturday evening with an attentive, adulatory crowd.
It was a fine night for those who like to hum along at recitals. The native Angeleno, who now teaches at USC, stuck to familiar Romantic works for his long, taxing program.
It was also a rewarding evening for admirers of protean keyboard display. Pollack dropped the odd note or two, but his clear playing proved strong and well-directed, occasionally to the point of a surprising bluntness. Despite manifold temptations to indulgence, Pollack maintained an almost austere sense of control.
The least common piece was the opening Prelude, Chorale and Fugue by Franck. Pollack stressed thematic permutation over the nebulous figuration and blustery bravura bits, illuminating and unifying structure with sure hands.