Janina Fialkowska’s Adventure at the TSO with Lutoslawski’s Piano Concerto reviewed by Stanley Fefferman

fialkowska copyOctober 26, 2013. Roy Thomson Hall, Toronto.

It was a delight to witness Fialkowska undertake the adventure of sprinkling clusters of opalescent piano pitches into the concerto’s capricious opening twitter and scurry of harp and flutes. Subsequent sections introduced by timpani darken the soundscape considerably. The orchestral voice rumbles, drones and blares around aleatoric solos by the excellent clarinet of Joaquin Valdepeñas, and a fiendishly rapid cadenza by Ms. Fialkowska.

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