REVIEWS: Triumph at the Proms; CBSO/Ades Royal Albert Hall, London ****

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REVIEWS: Triumph at the Proms; CBSO/Ades Royal Albert Hall, London ****


Byline: Christopher Morley

My deep love of Prokofiev is something I owe to the Proms. It was in 1966 that I stood in the front row of the Arena and heard the magical Third Piano Concerto for the first time.

Marta Argerich was the soloist, in Sir Malcolm Sargent's last-ever Prom. And Eve years earlier a television relay of Moura Lympany playing the First Concerto (Sargent again) had me enthralled.

That same concerto was one of the many highlights in Saturday's CBSO Prom, Canadian pianist Louis Lortie delivering an account of steely-fingered clarity, toccata-like brilliance and, where appropriate, elegance of line - rather like the technique of the composer himself.

Under the occasionally ungainly but always effective baton of Thomas Ades the orchestra was a Deet, affectionate foil in a performance which had the audience (including a coachload of CBSO supporters' club members down from headquarters) responding with tremendous enthusiasm.

This almost entirely Russian programme began and ended with well-loved music from Russian opera, both works incidentally left incomplete at the deaths of their respective composers. …

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