Magazine article Musical Opinion

LPO/Jurowski: Three Creative Geniuses at Their Peak

Magazine article Musical Opinion

LPO/Jurowski: Three Creative Geniuses at Their Peak

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This concert, given by the London Philharmonic Orchestra under its Principal Conductor, Vladimir Jurowski, soloist Yefim Bronfman, piano, was on April 27th at the Royal Festival Hall. It is not often that all three works in a concert programme represent their composers at their absolute peak of creativity; this con cert contained three such works and each was brilliantly performed so that the geniuses behind the notes were on full display.

The Second Piano Concerto in В flat major by Brahms shone like a beacon of excellence when played by the Russian born, naturalised American Yefim Bronfman. In his hands he confirmed it to be, arguably, the greatest such work in the repertoire. Bronfman was fully up to the challenge of this multi-layered masterpiece, offering both weight when needed and a delightful lightness of tone in the many reflective I passages. He sits still at the piano r and seems to recreate the music as it progresses through four major movements, each contributing to the majesty of the whole. This was often an enthralling experience aided by the sumptuous accompaniment given by the orchestra under the baton of Jurowski, now a Brahms veteran through his recordings of all four symphonies. After the idyllic opening on the horn (David Pyatt), the soloist launched into his cadenza-like passage with power and a majesterial breadth. Jurowski followed with a passionate opening tutti on full orchestra, assuring everyone this was to be an epic rendition of an epic work. …

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