A hymn to a pure and noble spirit: bracing Prokofiev from Dutoit and the RPO

BACHTRACK ★★★

With combined ages of over 150 years between conductor and soloist, there was no lack of experience on the platform for this Royal Philharmonic Orchestra concert. There was no lack of energy either. Charles Dutoit, as dapper as ever, injected Berlioz and Prokofiev with swagger, while Elisabeth Leonskaja, a pianist firmly of the Russian old school, kneaded the keyboard into submission in an occasionally bruising account of Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A minor.

After a rushed introductory flourish, Leonskaja launched Grieg’s playful theme in the opening Allegro molto moderato in slightly stern fashion. In her cadenza, the bass growled angrily.

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