Another great music night with the London Symphony Orchestra. The programme was very classic and the only novelty was doing the symphony in the first part and the concerto in the second one. The Brahms was what we expected: control and crystal-clear exposition. The whole was over the parts and every single modulation had a clear path in the whole picture of this 3rd symphony performance. No crazy rubato neither HIP-influenced dynamics.
Second night of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestras in this year Proms. This time, totally Viennese repertoire. Concert opened with Brahms’ Variations on a Theme by Haydn that BBC called “Variations on the St Anthony Chorale” because they are very smart and follow all the musicological criteria, not that they are snobs, not at all. Perfect performance, with a superb Michael Tilson Thomas emphasizing the more expressive and joyful parts of the score as a perfect introduction for it was coming next.