Unfortunately, Hu is one of those young pianists who believe that everything they play must display their personal temperament.
After a much protracted introduction (only a few bars), she launched into the ensuing main theme at far more than the specified “double the speed” marked by the composer.
Thereafter, there was no steady tempo to unify the music. Poor Chopin, whose compositions combine aristocracy with romance, was dismally betrayed. Only the Finale, dispatched with eerie expression, seemed faithful to the composer’s intentions.
A real disappointment overall.