Rafael Payarre debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra was not an easy gig. Replacing Charles Dutoit, who has stepped down as principal conductor of the orchestra for the infamous reasons we all know, put extra pressure on. Dutoit only two concerts during RPO 2017/2018 season were the only two ones scheduled to happen in the Royal Festival Hall instead of in the smalled Cadogan Hall because his name used to attract more audience.
What a mixture for the 33th Prom! Nordic music + German romanticism + German anti-romanticism. And a vocal soloist for the first part of the concert and a cello one for the second one. And what a success! Things didn’t start quite well in the initial pieces of the Peer Gynt selection: Storgårds was conducting too straight to the point with too much energy without letting the lyrical aspect of the score to arise.