"Another composer, Ukraine's Virko Baley, took the baton for the Cleveland premiere of his Piano Concerto No. 1, with Daniel Barber as soloist. The three-movement piece, composed in 1990 and revised in 1993, is a densely packed evocation of desert and river paintings by Rita Deanin Abbey. Baley doesn't demand that the listener make contact with specific visual images. He creates modernistic auras of spiky and hazy complexity, placing piano and orchestra in confrontations that embrace avant-garde techniques and jazzy hints...the piece has personality. The performance sounded striking. The composer brought theatrical impetuosity to his conducting, and the large ensemble responded with crisp, controlled artistry."


— The Plain Dealer, Cleveland

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