Beethoven

Maria João Pires, Ashot Khachatourian, London Chamber Orchestra January 15 2015 19.30

Mozart
Concert Rondo, K. 386
Beethoven
Piano Concerto No. 4
Beethoven
Symphony No. 7
Ashot Khachatourian
piano
Maria João Pires
piano
Christopher Warren-Green
conductor

Music with a mission: this was the conclusion one made listening to Christopher Warren-Green’s chat with Maria João Pires, which began the concert. Praise to introduce her. Praise (applause) when she took her bows some time after. For us who heard her play, continued joy in our hearts on tube rides, Boris bikes, cars and buses homeward. A gift of music.

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A mixed bag from Dudamel’s Simón Bolívar Orchestra

Gustavo Dudamel, Simón Bolívar Orchestra, Southbank Centre Jan 8th 2015.

Both orchestra and conductor orchestra are new to me, and this was my first time listening to them. (Yes I live under a rock as I am not in London and don’t have a TV.) For those about to shut the browsing windows thinking my opinion is thus invalid or worthless, I grant you this but I appeal to the novelty of this concert report as coming from one who is new to the experience of hearing them, and the opinions here given without prior knowledge of the capabilities or potentials of all concerned.

Or, very little prior knowledge, as they had been praised to me the night before as a young orchestra, vital and somewhat unique (though for youth, similarities with Barenboim’s come to me) and so, on strength of programme, I went.

Programme:

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