Wednesday 11 September 2013 at 7.30pm
Symphony Hall, Birmingham +44 (0)121 345 0600
Alexander Vedernikov conductor
Elisabeth Leonskaja piano
Glinka: Overture to Ruslan and Ludmila 5′
Grieg: Piano Concerto 30′
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 45′
Elisabeth Leonskaja’s encore – Chopin Nocturne – Op.27 No.2
The horns blast out a savage fanfare; the trumpets scream in reply… Hold tight, because this is Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony, and you’re about to witness one of the most inspired composers of all time wrestling with his demons in music of overwhelming rawness and passion. It’s thrilling and, as the former music director of the Bolshoi, conductor Alexander Vedernikov has this music pounding through his veins. First, though, in this concert in aid of the CBSO Benevolent Fund*, he joins another living Russian legend, pianist Elisabeth Leonskaja, for the altogether gentler pleasures of Grieg’s irresistibly tuneful piano concerto. Great music, for a great cause.
*The CBSO Benevolent Fund, registered friendly society 735F, exists to support CBSO players and staff, past and present, at times of ill-health or other hardship. http://www.cbso.co.uk
**Great music for a great cause!**
*** Angie’s Story: CBSO Benevolent Fund – click here ***
Review by Christopher Morley, Birmingham Post:
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… “Grieg’s Piano Concerto suffers by its popularity and accessibility to soloists of the third and fourth order. Here instead we relished the remarkable Elisabeth Leonskaja, her steely, well-wrought pianism poised and taut, accents crisply turned, her chording judiciously weighted and balanced, and virtuosity never obtruding itself. This was a reading mixing gesture and intimacy, and what a success it was in this collaboration with Vedernikov’s willing orchestra (flautist Marie-Christine Zupancic delivering evocative solos).
Encores are generally anathema to me, but in this instance Chopin’s D-flat Nocturne was perfect, allowing us to hang onto Leonskaja’s artistry just a little longer.” …