Performer: Philharmonia Orchestra
Christoph von Dohnányi yields to the Romanticism of Ein Heldenleben after a delicate, ornate rendering of Beethoven's Piano Concerto no.1 from Martin Helmchen.
The Philharmonia, conducted by Nicholas Collon, perform two masterpieces by Britten and Vaughan Williams and a newer work by Thomas Adès.
Both Andris Nelsons and the Philharmonia Orchestra showed total commitment to and immersion in Brahms' music in this instalment in Nelsons' cycle with the orchestra. They were joined by Hélène Grimauld for the Second Piano Concerto, before the Fourth Symphony.
Pianist Evgeny Kissin and conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy joined the Philharmonia orchestra in Tchaikovsky’s First Piano concerto and Fifth Symphony, and a rare symphonic ballad, The Voyevoda.
Although both works have the goal of E major in common, the final destinations of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto and Mahler’s Symphony no. 4 couldn’t be more different. Tugan Sokhiev and the Philharmonia fell short of what could have been, but the third movement of the Mahler stood out.