Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Charles Dutoit – Mother Goose & New World Symphony – Vadim Repin plays Prokofiev

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Once again, Charles Dutoit and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra hit the spot. The great mystery and mastery of Dutoit’s conducting is how he can be both expansive and precise at the same time and how he communicates this to his players, who repay the favour to their artistic director and principal conductor with interest.

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Verdi’s Requiem at Royal Festival Hall – Vasily Petrenko conducts The Bach Choir & Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

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Placing Verdi’s Requiem on Maundy Thursday is a sure way to highlight the relationship between religious ritual and dramatic intensity. In a work where Verdi sets texts in a conspicuously operatic manner, the gulf between religion and drama can easily be amplified. This performance under Vasily Petrenko’s efficient direction gave priority to vivid expression. There’s nothing wrong with this approach, although a performance in Holy Week might arguably give some consideration to a more reflective stance that tempers speeds and vocal style.

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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.

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Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Charles Dutoit at Royal Festival Hall – Benvenuto Cellini & Prokofiev 5 – Elisabeth Leonskaja plays Grieg’s Piano Concerto

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From the opening bars of the Overture to Berlioz’s Benvenuto Cellini, you couldn’t help marvelling at London’s extraordinary good fortune in its big five orchestras and in their chief conductors. I suppose Charles Dutoit (recently turned eighty) must now be regarded as a veteran, but there is no sense of him compensating self-consciously with the gathering years, as Solti did towards the end of his career.

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