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A giant musical footprint // The Blade

Still, the best lay just ahead, after intermission: Rachmaninoff's most fearsome yet stunning Piano Concerto No. 3, with Philippe Bianconi at the Orser Steinway in his Toledo Symphony debut. If somewhat unassuming seated at the keyboard before the downbeat, Bianconi asserted himself immediately, rippling out the haunting opening theme with Gallic panache and certitude. It soon became clear this soloist would leave a giant musical footprint on this Rach-fest evening.

The Blade, Sally Vallongo