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.
First concert of the visiting orchestras series at the Barbican this season. And what an orchestra: Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, the oldest in active civil orchestra. Also was of the oldest conductors: Herbert Blomstedt. One more perk: the not so frequently programmed Beethoven triple concerto with three front line soloists: Leonidas Kavakos, Gautier Capuçon and Kirill Gerstein (that’s why is not so frequent, paying three soloists is much more expensive). And the final one was having Bruckner 7th symphony, which was premiered by this very same orchestra.