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...the highlight of the afternoon. Callaghan immediately showed with his commitment that instrument and player were in good shape

The highlight came after the break: the prominent British piano soloist Simon Callaghan impressively performed the very demanding Second Piano Concerto by Sergej Rachmaninov.

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So after the break, the highlight of the afternoon. Callaghan immediately showed with his commitment that instrument and player were in good shape. In a few measures he managed to build a powerful fortissimo. In the second part a strong clarinet solo sounded from within the orchestra. Callaghan’s left hand was perfectly developed in this section.

Simon Callaghan thought it was a great week in Purmerend. He was satisfied with the orchestra members. His musical conclusion, which he finally came up with this Sunday afternoon, was also fine. Obvious in his solos was that in the general pauses after climax-building orchestral tuttis, he did not let silence fall as often happens for a slightly larger, more dramatic effect. Callaghan was very aware of this: "I played as it is called and Rachmaninov wanted it".

Noordhollands Dagblad 27 November 2017