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Rudolf Buchbinder at ease in marathon at Heinz Hall / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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By any mea­sure, it's an im­pres­sive feat for one pi­a­nist to play three con­certi in a sin­gle night. De­cid­ing to do that for your birth­day, how­ever, sounds like a spe­cial form of self-tor­ture. That is, un­less you're Ru­dolf Buch­binder. The Aus­trian pi­a­nist turned 70 in Decem­ber, and as part of his cel­e­bra­tions, he joined the Pitts­burgh Sym­phony Orches­tra and mu­sic di­rec­tor Man­fred Hon­eck Fri­day night for a trio of pi­ano con­certi: Haydn's Con­certo in D Ma­jor, Mo­zart's Con­certo No. 20 and Bee­tho­ven's Con­certo No. 5, "Emperor." And he looked pos­i­tively non­cha­lant the whole time, his move­ments not os­ten­ta­tious and his man­ner at ease. By the end, one felt a unique con­nec­tion with this art­ist who carved out a whole eve­ning to per­form in Heinz Hall.

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