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Khatia Buniatishvili plays the Liszt 'Piano Concerto no. 2 in A Major' with fury and craftmanship at Kravis Center / Palm Beach Daily News

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The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra opened a promising Sunday evening at the Kravis Center. Pianist Khatia Buniatishvili took the stage to perform Franz Liszt's "Piano Concerto no. 2 in A Major," S125. Benjamin Mellefont on clarinet had gorgeous moments with brief soloistic passages. A homogeneous violin section expertly blended every pitch and dynamic swell. It was a pleasure to witness the precision of articulation and bowing in the strings of the orchestra, allowing the audience to bathe in the beautiful Lisztian sound palette.

Buniatishvili played with a fury that denoted battle and violence, and a flair for the dramatic. The exactness and craftmanship of her sound on the massive Steinway grand was an unmistakable hallmark of this brilliant artist. She smoldered in the quieter phrases of the concerto, almost as if she desperately wanted to get back to communicating raging fire in the multiple Allegro movements, but there were still passive moments to go before the big finish. When Buniatishvili did arrive back at those tempestuous moments, she whipped her hands away from the keyboard, thrashing her hair back and forth and bodily leaning into the orchestra, almost daring them to challenge her fury. The balance was right until the very end when any evidence of the piano's final chords was lost in the crashing orchestra.

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