Live Music: CSO & Gabriela Montero

gabrielaWe make it back to Dad’s house just in time to prepare for a concert. Gabriela Montero will play the 3rd Rachmaninoff piano concerto, and before it even starts we’re trying hard not compare her unfairly to “Olga“. As it turns out, she has a bit of a rocky night! She gets out of time with the orchestra, and seems to struggle. At one point Ann notices some confused looks in the orchestra, and Maron Alsop flipping through pages of the score. I wonder if they didn’t all get through it by the seat of their pants. That said, the drama of the performance actually served to focus my attention on the drama of the composition. This piece of music grabs me like few others I’ve experienced, even in a difficult performance. Any musician who can make it through the whole sweet tempest has my admiration.

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