London Symphony Orchestra

Colston HallBristol, South-West, BS1 5AR, United Kingdom
On Wednesday 21 February 2018 at 19:30

With the Czech Philharmonic and LSO only weeks apart, February is turning out to be quite a month! Robin Ticciati forges an intriguing Franco-German entente cordiale that smoulders and seduces.

In Daphnis et Chloé Ravel said he “wanted to compose a large fresco in keeping with the Greece of my dreams”. Dreaming is something his ‘symphonie chorégraphique’ does stupendously well. Is there a more spectacular sunrise in all music, a miracle of shimmering, swelling translucency? And César Franck’s plunge into mythic sensuality proves just as sultry. At least Brahms’ feet are firmly on the ground. Or are they? The Adagio of his only violin concerto floats free, before the finale flirts with a pinch of gypsy fervour.

Recently adding the Directorship of the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin to his portfolio, Robin Ticciati has “an incredible gift for tenderness, sharp nuances and bold alterations of tempo” (The Times). In that he’s ideally partnered by Alina Ibragimova, ‘one of the most expressive violinists around’ (BBC Music Magazine).

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