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So how does one make the standard piano concerto format more innovative?  By adding a second solo instrument, of course.  That is precisely how Dmitry Shostakovich emboldened his Piano Concerto No. 1 in C minor.  The result is a neo-classically inspired work that is at once brash and refined, carefully laid out yet unpredictable.

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Friday, 25 October 2013 12:00

Symphony Preview: Story time

This weekend at Powell Hall it's a classic example of musical storytelling, a cocky, nose-thumbing piano concerto by a musical wise guy in his 20s, and a bit of orchestral delirium.

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