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.
Triply interesting concert this one by the Philharmonia: After two concerts under its principal conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen and one under one of its principal guest conductors, Santtu-Matias Rouvali, it was the turn or the other principal guest conductor: Jakub Hrůša. Do you see the perfect balance?: 2/4 + ¼ + ¼. A perfect occasion to get a feel of this future relationship. Hrůša doing Czech music (if you hadn’t notice the diacritics in Dvořák and Hrůša).
Typical structure of fucking-scaring-new-work + not-so-easy-repertoire + classical-easy-hit. But the fucking-scaring-new-work, Sinfonia (for Orbiting Spheres), as expected from an enfant terrible as Missy Mazzoli with her PJ Harvey look, was not scaring at all. Actually was much more conservative and traditional than expected. It was also nice full of very interesting composition ideas. Only downside, as many contemporary composers, Mazzoli was trying to do a full showcase of all her composing abilities, stealing from the work some coherence and narrative speech.