Friday, 13 November 2015

It was the horns what fluffed it (Philharmonia/Beethoven)

Weber, Mendelssohn and Beethoven (Philharmonia, cond. Juraj Valčuha)
Sunday's evening concert is in the running for performance of the year. So tough luck to whoever comes next, right? The Weber overture with which the programme offered should offer ten minutes of sheer Romanticism. As it was, this was a decent enough rendition spoiled only by the horns. The whole thing didn't exactly scream that Valčuha was in control of things.
Next the Mendelssohn's VC - Krylov have a respectable tender version of this work, and it was the best performance of the evening. Valeriy Sokolov was sick, and replaced by Sergej Krylov due to illness

After the interval, Eroica; this is real bread and butter stuff, or should be. A serious orchestra like the Philharmonia no matter how much popular stuff it does, should have something special to say with a work of such genius; but with Valčuha they thundered along and wanted nuance or genius, in a pretty uneven fashion. A shame.

One wondered: had allegations in Private Eye put the orchestra of its footing?

Overall, a moderately disappointing evening but with many good things and fine moments.

Juraj Valčuha conductor
Sergej Krylov violin
Weber, Overture, Der Freischütz
Mendelssohn, Violin Concerto
Beethoven, Symphony No. 3, Eroica

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