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Khatia Buniatishvili - Liszt PC2: blu-ray release has fire and sensitivity / Texas Public Radio

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There's moment in the middle of Liszt's "Piano Concerto No. 2," newly available on Blu-ray, when pianist Khatia Buniatishvili is deep into a solo cadenza. The Israel Philharmonic is silent, and conductor Zubin Mehta, looking out at the orchestra with a hundred-yard-stare, turns the page in his score so flippantly and forcefully it's picked up on mic with a great "flap!" sound. Within a few seconds, the ensemble and Buniatishvili are back together, dazzling in their technical virtuosity. Whether or not the page turn represents any tension between soloist and conductor I cannot tell, for at the end of the piece it's all hugs and smiles between Mehta and Buniatishvili. Perhaps it was only a momentary irk.

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