The London Philharmonic Orchestra performed two pieces tonight, Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.3 and Rossini’s Stabat Mater, so this will be two mini reviews of each part, although both parts were masterfully conducted by Carlos Miguel Prieto.
The Piano Concerto No.3 had Frank Dupree on the piano and he was not just a phenomenal pianist but had that showmanship flourish and flair which made him captivating to watch. The music itself was incredibly powerful and strong, which, when one thinks of Beethoven, you expect, what I wasn’t expecting was how romantic and passionate the music was, it gripped you and the final part- Rondo: Allegro
Rossini’s Stabat Mater was again gripping. Split in to ten parts, the first part starts with a bang and then lulls and seems to go back and forth between heavenly reflection and explosive strength and power leading to the final part: Amen, which is just incredible, especially when performed by the full London Philharmonic Orchestra with the incredibly talented London Philharmonic Choir too, just breathtaking.
As part of Stabat Mater there were four soloists: Joyce El-Khoury, Anna Stéphany, Kang Wang and Michele Pertusi. Each soloist had their own parts to shine as well as sing either in a pair or the full group of four. El-Khoury’s voice was fantastic, a real talent, strong and passionate with utter control of her instrument. Stéphany and Pertusi likewise gave great performances and were in full control and seemed to relish the performance. Wang has a very strong voice, however there were points during the performance that he was drowned out by the orchestra, his voice is great, just needs to be pushed a bit further as when he really went for it, it was fantastic.
Putting these two pieces together for one performance was a wonderful idea, complimenting each other beautifully with an always brilliant performance by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, I can’t wait to see what they put on next.