The London Philharmonic Orchestra performed Prokofiev’s Symphonic Song, Piano Concerto No. 5 and Symphony No. 6 at Royal Festival Hall on Wednesday 18 January, under conductor Vladimir Jurowski with pianist Steven Osborne. This was part of the LPO’s Prokofiev: Man of the People? festival, which runs until 1 February.
The concert was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and is available to listen again free until Tuesday 24 January via BBC iPlayer.
Reviewed by Edward Seckerson, The Independent:
[Prokofiev] wrote nothing more disturbing or more emotive and Jurowski and the LPO packed a massive punch in realising it. Long before the jolly peasant dance turns to ominous goose-stepping in the finale, comes a slow movement so mired in oppression that its lyricism can barely break free of the surface. Stunning.
Reviewed by Ivan Hewett, The Telegraph:
Pianist Steven Osborne seized these rare moments and made them eloquent, such as the strange passage where his delicate overlapping ribbons of scales at the top of the piano were pitted against sad bassoons. Later, when the flute unwound a tender melody, Osborne’s accompaniment inched in magically from silence.
Reviewed by Gavin Dixon, Orpheus Complex blog:
The orchestra were on top form, with the brass and percussion putting in particularly visceral performances. Jurowski articulated the shape and drama of the work with efficiency and passion.
The next Royal Festival Hall event in the festival is The Prokofiev Diaries, on Sunday 22 January at 3.30pm. There are still tickets available: more information and booking details here.