work is not a “piano concerto” in the way the term is usually understood; it is
a struggle between the solo instrument – perhaps a struggle for survival – and
the menacing, often demonic powers of the orchestra.
winds and percussion dominate the sonic character while the strings, except for
one short melodic fragment, remain in the background. Slow forte sections
unleash the full orchestra, between moments of Impressionistic calm,
where the piano part seems like an improvisation, a fantasia - until the
struggle resumes …