The London Philharmonic Orchestra’s final concert of the 11-12 season at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall is now online. If you missed this programme of Suk, Janacek and Dvorak, conducted by Principal Conductor Vladimir Jurowski, you can listen to the complete performance online (until 23 May).
In 2010 Vladimir Jurowski presided over a performance of Suk’s Asrael Symphony that electrified the atmosphere inside the Royal Festival Hall. Now he turns to Asrael’s successor Ripening, another huge orchestral canvas in which the composer grapples with his tragic demons and ultimately finds a radiating transcendence. ‘In it you will find all the degrees of human emotions’ Suk said of Ripening, and he wasn’t exaggerating. It’s heard here after the Piano Concerto by the man whose death inspired both Asrael and Ripening: Suk’s father-in-law Dvořák. This is without doubt one of the best-kept secrets of the Romantic repertoire, a piece that astounds with its noble virtuosity.
Janáček Suite, The Cunning Little Vixen
Dvořák Piano Concerto*
Suk Symphonic Poem, Ripening
Vladimir Jurowski conductor
Martin Helmchen piano
London Philharmonic Choir
London Philharmonic Orchestra
recorded 14 February 2012 at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall
*Supported by Dunard Fund
This stream of Dvorak’s Piano Concerto with Martin Helmchen is made courtesy of PentaTone. Helmchen’s CD recording of the Dvorak concerto is available on PentaTone 5186 366