London Philharmonic Orchestra and Andrey Gugnin conducted by Mikhail Agrest: Russian epics
Overall this was a good concert. Mikhail Agrest conducted the London Philharmonic Orchestra with a good sense of the Russian tradition, not as dark as Jurowski but still incisive and steep.
Opening with Khachaturian’s Adagio from Spartacus was not a good preamble, as the work it quite boring and doesn’t work well out of context.
The young Russian pianist Andrey Gugnin took the stage to perform a very nice Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3. All the technical difficulties were solved brilliantly and we hear some splendid and remarkable balance and sync during the 3rd movement.
Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4 difficult opening was not extent of problems for the LPO brass section but despite some minor misstatements was quite worthy.