Philharmonia with Gautier Capuçon and Paavo Järvi: boring Dvořák
Faulty concert at the Royal Festival Hall from the Philharmonia playing a all Dvořák programme. Problem was not with the music making, at least from the technical point of view. All sections played nicely all the night long as well as the soloist, an exquisite and elegant Gautier Capuçon.
Problem was more at the conceptual level. Paavo Järvi presented all the works like a collection of independent sections. There was not organic grow to reach a climax, just a forte section following a piano section. Everything was well exposed but lacking of a common thread and that was fatal for a piece like the cello concerto that is mostly build on the lyricism making is meaningless and kinda boring.
Same can be said for Symphony No.7, a work that is pretty much based on the dialog of melodic groups contrasting soft fragments with marked ones. The adagio nice re-exposure of the melody with different orchestrations was totally missed, not because of lack of clarity but because it sounded like plain repetitions. And then, suddenly, all the drama came, without explanation in the finale.
As said, boring.