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 Martin Kettle, The Guardian:
Jurowski’s account of the symphony was compelling, a vindication of the sixth’s ever-growing reputation. Crucially, he never allowed the gaudier moments to outweigh the opening movement’s eerie orchestral ruminations and the sinister facetiousness of the finale that gives the work such a dark, inner chill.
Reviewed by Douglas Cooksey, Classicalsource.com:
In a finely judged partnership with Jurowski and the LPO, [the Piano Concerto No. 5] came across as more concertante rather than concerto, the soloist very much a first among equals. With elegant clarinet solos from Nicholas Carpenter and an insouciant wit, the second movement’s jazz echoes were finely delineated.
Previous reviews of the concert here.
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.