The London Philharmonic Orchestra performed Prokofiev’s Lieutenant Kijé Suite, Cello Concerto in E minor and Symphony No. 7 at Royal Festival Hall on Friday 13 January, under conductor Alexander Vedernikov with cellist Danjulo Ishizaka. This was the opening concert of the ‘Prokofiev: Man of the People?’ festival, which runs until 1 February. Visit the festival microsite here.
Reviewed by Edward Seckerson, The Independent:
Vedernikov was very laid-back with Kijé, a more genial, throw-away approach than we sometimes hear with bass drum thwacks and discordant raspberries from the brass like cartoonish exclamations and the earthy colourations realised with an air of total “normality”.
Reviewed by Mark Berry on Boulezian blog:
Ishizaka’s technique was well-nigh impeccable – the cello part is ferociously difficult – but equally noteworthy was the impassioned nature of his performance.
Reviewed by Colin Anderson, Classicalsource.com:
The London Philharmonic Orchestra’s ‘Prokofiev Man of the People?’ series could not have got off to a better start … [Ishizaka] was fully on top of the huge technical demands and made music with those so-many notes and their maze-like twists and turns. The accompaniment was a work of art, too.
Reviewed by Nick Kimberley, The Evening Standard:
If music ‘of the people’ should be tuneful, evocative and colourful, this fitted the bill. Throw in genial and acerbic, and you get the measure of Vedernikov’s reading, full of pungent solos delivered with insouciant sparkle.
Reviewed by Tim Ashley, The Guardian:
Danjulo Ishizaka’s performance was an exceptional feat of virtuosity, stamina and memory.
The next concert in the festival is tomorrow, Wednesday 18 January, when Vladimir Jurowski conducts Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 6, Symphonic Song, and Piano Concerto No. 5 with soloist Steven Osborne. More details and online booking.
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