The concert closed with a true rarity: Viardot's own dramatic setting of Jean de la Fontaine's poem "Le chêne et le roseau" ("The Oak and the Reed"). Chopin had helped in the composition and accompanied Viardot at Pleyel. Avetisyan really threw herself into this piece about resistance to adversity and survival; and Poli's playing embodied the mysterious winds that a small reed, but not a mighty oak, can withstand.

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