Recently we had the privilege of attending the Utah Symphony concert, featuring pianist Andre Michel Shub. Mr. Shub played Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2, a favorite composition of concertgoers worldwide. Since I'm used to hearing this work on my home stereo, and I have the luxury of adjusting volume and tone to my liking, I was disappointed that no microphone was placed on the piano to help it "stand out" above the orchestra.
In the loudest passages, the pianist had to struggle mightily to be heard over the other 90-plus members of the orchestra. I submit that Rachmaninoff, who wrote this composition to feature the pianist, accompanied by the orchestra, intended all the piano passages to be heard, even those played along with the orchestra. Might this technique be considered in future concerts?Michael R. Loveridge
Salt Lake City