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Speaking of sparkles, Rachmaninoff can pack more notes into a measure with the best of them, and they poured out of the piano in shimmering cascades, all of which were negotiated without a hitch. Hands crossing over each other always came down in the correct spot; loud passages were not attacked so much as leaned into with solid control; all the melodies, especially the famous 18th variation, had a natural flow and sensitive rubato.

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The pianist Orli Shaham talks about the inner workings of Rachmaninoff's "Variations on a Theme of Paganini". Ms. Shaham performs the work with the St. Louis...