Edward Willett

My preview of the Regina Symphony Orchestra concert featuring pianist Hung-Kuan Chen…

…is online at the Regina Leader Post. It begins:

Pianist Hung-Kuan Chen isn’t one to shy away from a challenge. Neither is Regina Symphony Orchestra maestro Victor Sawa.Which is why Saturday’s Mosaic Masterworks concert at the Conexus Arts Centre features Sergei Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 2, which Sawa calls “arguably the toughest concerto ever written.”

“Normally, piano music has a bass staff and a treble staff,” Sawa says. “This has three. There are so many notes he couldn’t even get it on two staffs!”

Because of the difficulty, the concerto is rarely heard.

“Everyone is too afraid to play it,” Sawa says.

But not Chen.

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