Philharmonia

Quick catch-up…

Programmes April 2015

It’s been a hectic old time the last few weeks, so capturing thoughts on performances has rather got forgotten. They’ve been a diverse bunch as well.

So, in brief: (more…)

22 May 2013

A 32-piece Brass Band fighting against the wind to perform Vitali Bujanowski’s arrangements of Ring themes for brass instruments

A 32-piece Brass Band fighting against the wind to perform Vitali Bujanowski’s arrangements of Ring themes for brass instruments

A suitably festive atmosphere pervaded the foyer areas of the Royal Festival Hall on 22 May 2013, the focus of the year’s Wagner bicentenary events.  A brass band provided Ring extracts, Opera Forge performed bits of Walküre and Rheingold (well, the bits I heard anyway), and from the balcony above the bar we were summoned to the auditorium by Wagnerian fanfares, Bayreuth-like. (more…)

Choppy Mahler and an erratic Jubilee Line

Quick note for posterity: Lorin Maazel’s Mahler 6 at the RFH last Tuesday.  We had dead centre choir seats, second row back.  Of course, this puts you on the wrong end of the orchestra, and in Mahler, you certainly notice it.  Being on the wrong end of a Mahler symphony is a loud and eventful business. (more…)

Wilful, unmusical, humourless – with a ravishing main course

I am pausing at lunchtime to blog this review because I am still haunted by the irritation occasioned by last night’s concert, so I’m getting it out of my system!

The offending concert was by the Philharmonia Orchestra, under the baton of Tugan Sokhiev, with the main offender, Ivo Pogorelich at the piano.  Liadov’s The Enchanted Lake and Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony framed a maddening, frustrating and, frankly, dire performance of the Tchaikovsky first piano concerto. (more…)