The [Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra's] musical tribute to France starred an Austrian celebrity in Paris (Mozart's Symphony No. 31, "Paris"), an urbane Parisian organist (Saint-Saens' Symphony No. 3) and a sly avant-garde composer (Poulenc's Concerto for Two Pianos).
The popular husband-and-wife team of Misha and Cipa Dichter delivered a highly entertaining rendition of this last high-spirited work. In true French fashion, the Poulenc piece might be called a light tossed salad of jazz, Mozartean and Balinese gamelan styles. Impish and sophisticated, it coaxes the pianists into a suave dialogue with the orchestra.
The Dichters' playing was tightly synchronized ... In Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, the Dichters were musically expressive without being physically demonstrative. They drew a rich cantabile sound from Poulenc's music-hall tunes, and reveled in the last movement's spiky rhythms.