French virtuoso and BPO bring nonstop excitement to massive ‘Rach 3,’ Buffalo News

The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra is about to wake up those sleepy snowbirds down in Florida. This weekend, the orchestra and Music Director JoAnn Falletta, joined by pianist Philippe Bianconi, are giving Buffalo a preview of the concert they are taking on the road.

What a concert it is. Bianconi is playing Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3. In the right hands, the “Rach 3” brings the house down. And on Saturday, Bianconi showed he was the man for the job.

The first half of the concert is Dvorak’s extroverted, dramatic Symphony No. 6. Both pieces give the orchestra plenty to do. It amounts to nonstop excitement. Read More.