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On March 11, 2023 violist Lawrence Power gave together with Brussels Philharmonic and conductor Ilan Volkov the world premiere of the viola concerto I cannot love without trembling by Canadian composer Cassandra Miller.

Read the review by Alex Ross in The New Yorker, and listen to the stream of the live broadcast of this Klarafestival concert (the concerto starts at 01:02:00).

Alex Ross, The New Yorker (10.04.2023)

"This fragmented, mediated process yields an experience of bruising immediacy. The concerto’s première took place at the Klarafestival, in Brussels, and is streaming at the Belgian site VRT. Lawrence Power gives a staggering account of the solo part, with Ilan Volkov and the Brussels Philharmonic providing vehement support. As the viola delivers its keening, cawing songs, the orchestra becomes a chamber of resonances and reverberations: the strings quiver in sympathy, the brass cast brooding shadows, a piccolo alights with birdlike chatter. We end where we begin, with a glimmer of harp, but something colossal has transpired."
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