Reviews: 25 January 2012 – Vladimir Jurowski & Leon Fleisher

On Wednesday 25 January at Royal Festival Hall, the London Philharmonic Orchestra performed excerpts from Prokofiev’s ballets Chout and Cinderella, and the Fourth Piano Concerto under conductor Vladimir Jurowski with pianist Leon Fleisher. This was part of the LPO’s Prokofiev: Man of the People? festival, which runs until 1 February.

Reviewed by Alexandra Coghlan, The Arts Desk:
There can be little doubt of the supremacy of Jurowski and the LPO in this repertoire.’

Reviewed by Colin Anderson,
‘This was an authoritative account of the Prokofiev [Fourth Piano Concerto] as one could hope to hear. The opening and closing movements were fierily dispatched with aplomb, but it was in the middle two that [Fleisher] was most effective, bringing finesse and refinement; the Andante was particularly eloquent. Throughout, the LPO and Jurowski were on-the-money partners.’

The next event in the festival is ‘The Unknown Prokofievstudy day on Saturday 28 January, 2.00–5.30pm at Royal Festival Hall. There are still tickets available, priced £10. Saturday also sees the next evening concert, when Vladimir Jurowski will conduct Prokofiev’s music for stage and screen, with the London Philharmonic Choir. More info and booking here.
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