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fortissimo

Music
1. very loud.
2. a very loud passage in music
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Today's pianists must work with plastic, wood, felt, ,copper, iron and steel to make all kinds of sounds ranging from delicate pianissimos to robust fortissimos.
However, we were suitably entranced by the exquisite singing from all sections of the choir: rich basses, fine sopranos, warm filling harmonies, almost inaudible pianissimos and hair-raising fortissimos.
The superb woodwind ensemble sailed through the tricky start to this piece with great aplomb and, despite some extraordinarily powerful fortissimos - witness the collective "phew" at the conclusion of this piece - it was the exquisite pianissimos which made this performance so memorable.
Elsewhere balance between orchestra and soloist could have been more sensitively judged: fortissimos often exploded into a shouting match, and in the finale one sensed conductor Richard Laing would have liked the big tune to have been more spaciously drawn than Bebbington's nervously energetic tempo allowed.
Yet there was a great balance between delicate approaches and thundering fortissimos.