Violin and music

Violin and music

Concert Reviews

Tishchenko/Prokofiev/Shostakovich - Valery Gergiev/Denis Matsuev

Sun 21 Sep 2014

The Times, 23 Sep
From the grimacing chuckles of Rachel Gough's bassoon to Andrew Marriner's softly devastating clarinet, Gergiev harnessed the skill of his players and built up the churning textures to explosive heights.
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The Guardian, 22 Sep
Shostakovich’s Tenth Symphony threw the spotlight in turn on to a dozen outstanding solo players in the LSO’s wind and brass. Gergiev’s ability to pace and sustain the long climaxes in this composer’s symphonies remains exemplary, and the second movement went at a brutal, exhilarating gallop.
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The Telegraph, 22 Sep
All the ballast came at the end in the guise of Shostakovich’s Tenth, played with a mix of brooding intensity and blistering attack.
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Financial Times, 22 Sep
Matsuev was born with 10 hammers where other people have fingers and his performance of Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No.3 caught him at his most virtuoso, fast, furious and percussive, forging industrial music at fever pitch.
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London Evening Standard, 22 Sep
Gergiev also gave us the real thing: Shostakovich’s Tenth Symphony, big, bold and blatant when it needed to be, but also exuding refined pungency.
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