Overview of BBC Philharmonic live performance 1st February 2020


At first sight, placing Myaskovsky’s sixth
symphony right into a programme instantly following the Hallé’s efficiency of
Beethoven’s ninth might sound an impressed comparability. Each have 4 lengthy
actions, and in each instances the final is a choral one.

However in Myaskovsky’s the choral half is
truly non-obligatory – placing phrases to the tune of an Orthodox chant that might
stand by itself if mandatory – whereas you would hardly say that the phrases are
non-obligatory in Beethoven’s case.

I used to be glad that Vassily Sinaisky introduced
the 1923 symphony, although, as a result of it’s a piece with a voice all its personal. Epic,
within the post-Mahlerian custom of being a journey that crosses many
territories, it additionally appears, subtly, to talk to the Russian nation’s soul in
the way in which that a lot of Shostakovich’s symphonies did.

Perhaps Myaskovsky was defying political
orthodoxy in a method, as a result of it’s not the traditional darkness-to-light
symphony that was routinely anticipated in his time: there’s a Dies Irae in
the ultimate motion, and the mantra is a funerary one, in spite of everything, regardless of the beforehand
dominating themes of jollity, utilizing songs of revolutionary fervor. However on the
different hand he will get quotations from the demise of Boris Godunov and the
finish of Tchaikovsky’s sixth into his first motion, not his final, and proper at
the tip there’s a clear impression of serenity.

No less than there was in Sinaisky’s
interpretation, which was as wealthy and many-layered because the work itself. Its sluggish
motion contained some severely stunning enjoying from the wind soloists of
the Philharmonic, because the strings, led by Yuri Torchinsky, have been soulful of their
expression additionally.

Soloist in Szymanowski’s Violin Concerto
no. 2
was Liza Ferschtman – not Tasmin Little, as initially deliberate, however
what an excellent substitute. She responded to the various feelings of the piece
with each dreaminess and fierce assault, dispatching the mid-work cadenza with
panache, and enjoying the lengthy lyrical interludes of the second half gorgeously,
matched by some purple tutti passages from the orchestra close to the tip.

She adopted this show with one other of
technical ability within the service of magnificence: Ysaÿe’s solo sonata no. 5, first
motion.

The live performance opened with Rimsky-Korsakov’s
music: two scenes from The Golden Cockerel ballet. It was a pretty
appetizer, with the acquainted Marriage ceremony Procession tune constructed as much as successfully
after which rumbustiously performed, at the very least in intent.

Vassily Sinaisky

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