Reviews: 21 January 2012 – Prokofiev at the Royal College of Music

On Saturday 21 January, the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s Prokofiev: Man of the People? festival continued at the Royal College of Music. Students from the RCM performed orchestral and choral works by Prokofiev, conducted by Vladimir Jurowski with cello soloist Kristina Blaumane.

Reviewed by Geoff Brown, The Arts Desk:
Under his resolute beat, Jurowski’s student forces showed tremendous stamina and, when needed, finesse. Gargoyle or not, this was still a worthwhile revival.

Reviewed by Colin Anderson,
[The Second Symphony] is still not an easy work. But you can’t fault this performance. Jurowski conducted with his typical incisive beat and expressive left hand. He got playing from the RCM Orchestra that the London Philharmonic may not have bettered, coping with the sheer force and loudness of the music and its complexity. It was a shattering performance.

The next concert in the festival is tomorrow evening, Wed 25 Jan, at Royal Festival Hall, where Vladimir Jurowski will conduct the LPO in a concert of Prokofiev’s ballet music and the Fourth Piano Concerto with soloist Leon Fleisher. There are still tickets available: more information and booking details here.
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