Opening night at Severance Hall,
by SUZANNE TORREY
Opening night at Severance Hall is always eagerly awaited -- Cleveland is a city that loves its classical music -- and this concert was truly a gift to the community.
The 'Emperor' Concerto is a work that sweeps you along with it and Hélène Grimaud was the perfect choice to bring out the often overlooked nuances presented by the contrasting passages. The three opening chords of the Allegro made it clear that the orchestra was in fine form and ready to go, and Fabio Luisi kept them as a sensitive accompanist to the piano.
In a world where it seems that soloists either rely on gimmicks and histrionics or who play with mechanical monotony, Ms Grimaud's take on Beethoven is delightful...
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