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Jeremy Denk w/Academy of St Martin in the Fields gives outstanding concert at Arsht Center / South Florida Classical Review

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The Academy of St Martin in the Fields is one of the world's finest chamber orchestras. Pianist Jeremy Denk is one of the most interpretively audacious and musically rigorous artists on the concert stage today. Put Denk and the London-based ensemble together and you have the formula for an outstanding concert.

That is exactly what happened Saturday night when Denk and the Academy played at the Arsht Center.

Although Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 12 in A Major is not played as often as his last eight concertos for the instrument, it is a delightful work that is rich in thematic invention and interplay of solo and orchestral forces.

Under the direction of concertmaster Tomo Keller (who led from his first chair position), the orchestra's introductory tutti could have benefited from less heaviness but, with his first entrance, Denk set the performance back on track. His pianistic attack was vigorous without sounding overly percussive and the he brought a light touch to the shaping of melodic lines and filigree. The dialogues between piano and orchestra were given chamber-like integration. Denk's reading of the first movement cadenza was marked by nuanced dynamics and nimble articulation. With Denk setting the pulse, the orchestral postlude in the first movement was twice as lively as the introduction.

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