Music: Frail Thunderer

Nicole Henriot is a slender girl of 23 who does not look as if she could hit a piano keyboard very hard. But she can: there is enough thunder in her piano-playing to have been heard all over Paris. Last week, when Nicole made her U.S. debut in Carnegie Hall, some Manhattan critics found her performance of Schumann's Concerto in A Minor too cold and brittle for their taste. But most of them were sure of one thing: in the small field of women concert pianists, she was the brightest newcomer of the year. "Here," wrote the Herald Tribune's Virgil Thomson,...

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