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Review: Watts makes trumphant return with ASO

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Pianist Andre Watts thrilled a sold-out crowd Saturday night at the Palace Theatre in his first appearance with the Albany Symphony Orchestra in 18 years. Watts gave Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 2 (1881), one of the most formidable concertos in the repertoire, a subtle, thoughtful, many-layered performance that captured the work’s lyricism rather than its dark, heavy drama. Certainly, there was some of that especially in the first movement, but overall, Watts showed remarkable restraint ...


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