Concert review, Sol Gabetta, Marin Alsop / London Philharmonic Orchestra — Lucerne Festival, KKL, Lucerne, 2018-09-14 — Elgar: “The Wand of Youth”, Suites No.1 & 2 for Orchestra, op.1a/1b (excerpts); Elgar: Cello Concerto in E minor, op.85; Mahler: Symphony No.1 in D major, “Titan”
Concert review, Sergei Redkin, Yuri Temirkanov / Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra @ Lucerne Festival, KKL, Lucerne, 2018-09-04 — Rimsky-Korsakov: “The Three Miracles” from the opera “The Tale of Tsar Saltan”; Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No.2 in C minor, op.18; Tchaikovsky: Suite from Act II of the ballet “The Nutcracker,” op.71 (arr. Temirkanov)
Concert review, Nash Ensemble of London @ Konservatorium Bern, 2018-04-23 — Haydn: Piano Trio No.39 in G major, Hob.XV:25, “Gipsy Trio”; Schumann: Piano Quintet in E♭ major, op.44; Elgar: Piano Quintet in A minor, op.84
Concert review: Steven Isserlis, Thomas Dausgaard / Royal Philharmonic Orchestra @ Royal Festival Hall, London, 2018-04-04 — Benjamin Britten: Four Sea Interludes from “Peter Grimes”, op.33a; Sir Edward Elgar: Cello Concerto in E minor, op.85; Sergei Rachmaninoff: 3 Symphonic Dances, op.45
Natalia Gutman played with rich rubato, exploring the depth, the melodic strength of Dvořák’s composition with her dense, soft and singing tone (…) often, in lyrical passages, the soloist appeared completely immersed into the music, listening and playing with closed eyes (…)
The fourth movement, Allegretto, “Intermezzo interrotto” is rhythmically intricate, playing with Bohemian folk melodies — in typical Bartók / Hungarian manner, the meter is changing almost from bar to bar, leaving western ears “hanging in mid-air”: the orchestra’s playing was very good and appeared almost effortless.