Thursday, November 23, 2006

Russian winds, Anna Gourari, Meisterkonzerte... and Krystian Zimerman

Some critique this time... My good friend A. has told me about the bad Russian winds, but the concert -or better, its first half- of the Saint-Petersburg Symphony Orchestra was a verification of his words. Very poor... Especially for an orchestra that appears in the master concerts series of the Cologne Philharmonic Hall (koelner-philharmonie.de). Very poor winds in the overture, Rossini. Anyway, the concerto though, Chopin 1st, with Anna Gourari, was an even bigger disappointment. Poor girl, she thought she was playing in her room or something. I might sound very critical, but the mere sight of the score on the piano was enough to bring me to a boiling point. For God's sake! In the Köln Philharmonie, in the master series, with a CV bigger than the one by Richter! You MUST play as good as he did. At least. Otherwise, it all comes back to the green (or whatever color the euro is) god of our times... money. Her touch was week, and I had to wait until the third movement of the piece in order to realize that she does have a triple forte afterall... but it didn't last much. For some reasons her left hand was almost at all times louder than her right hand. Boring... the audience however, liked her, and applauded a lot. The orchestra seemed though, a bit unhappy with her, since the musicians stood up after her third -and last- exit from the stage, and left as well. At least a dozen students of the Köln Music Academy -10 minutes walk from the philharmonie- would play it better... but no. Then, it was time for Rimsky-Korsakov's Sheherazade. Suddenly, this is a different orchestra. They enjoy it, they sound so much better, and they give a performance. Audience applauses, and they end up playing two encores. Not bad, for such a poor beginning. Alexander Dmitriev conducted them; seriously, othing excessive, pleasant to see his moves, and the orchestra reacting to them. Krystian Zimerman is playing there next week in the same master concert series. I guess, after that. Mrs Gourari and her agents can feel very proud of themselves... But the truth is out there, and if you want you can reach it. One last thing: while in the hall, I remember my fellow students in Helsinki complaining about how old the audience is over here. You should be there people! Extremely few youngsters, and all the elderly people in evening dress; and they were looking at me -in my bluejeans- as an ET. Maybe I am after all... cheers.

buzz it!

2 comments:

Saint Petersburg guide said...

I have listen to this consert and I'm absolatly agree with you! It was not so good as the public reacted...

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