Times Picayune, March 2006

Biography also came to the fore in Bannister’s impassioned take on Beethoven’s “Emperor Concerto: delicate piano trills set up velvet entrances by the horns; loping orchestral passages barely kept pace with rattling keyboard interjections.

The gold medalist pushed her tempos in a reading that emphasized the tensions between soloist and orchestra … it also yielded a musical drama perfectly tuned to post-Katrina New Orleans.

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