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Some portions were a bit murky and dense, and it was hard to tell where the theme was, exactly. These were not quite melodies as we hear in other works, but yet they were, sort of. The first and last movements ended with a bang -- literally -- a huge thump on the bass drum.
From left to right, composer Marc-André Dalbavie, pianist Leif Ove Andsnes and conductor James Gaffigan after the first US performance of Dalbavie's Piano Concerto at Severance Hall with the Cleveland Orchestra. Photo © 2006 Roger Mastroianni
Fortunately, Mr Andsnes possesses a formidable technique, and had no apparent problems while coping with the extremely difficult demands made on him by the composer. He had virtually no respite during the twenty-five minutes of the piece, playing continuously throughout. Mr Gaffigan led the orchestra in a committed and thoughtful performance of a concerto that should establish itself in the repertoire without any hesitation.
Copyright © 9 January 2006
Kelly Ferjutz, Cleveland USA