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Jeremy Denk

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Jeremy Denk

NC Symphony with Jeremy Denk 

When: Fri., Jan. 6, 8 p.m. and Sat., Jan. 7, 8 p.m. 2017
Price: $15-$75
www.ncsymphony.org

Only a month after his last appearance in the area, pianist Jeremy Denk is back, joining the North Carolina Symphony for a performance of Beethoven's fourth piano concerto. The work, written after the "Eroica" symphony and before the "Rasumovsky" string quartets in 1805 and 1806, finds Beethoven in a more introspective mood. Its themes tend toward quiet and its harmonies are often peculiar, but there are still plenty of fireworks littered about the solo part. The piece is somewhat of an odd choice, given that Denk is best known for powerful, insightful readings of some of the densest piano music around. Expect him, with the help of conductor Christoph König, to reach deep into Beethoven's work to craft unexpected connections within it. The pianist's lighter touch has a brilliant glow to it, which pairs well with this relatively understated work. The orchestra will also play Brahms's first symphony and Franz Schreker's Intermezzo, written in 1900. —Dan Ruccia

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