This was a sold out concert at Wigmore Hall. Not sure if it was because of the interesting 20th century programme, because of the two famous soloists, because of the glamour of one of them or because of the kink of seeing together two very different personalities. I was in because all of those and because I enjoyed their previous visits to London. Wang belongs to this class of technically perfect pianists.
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.
Debut in the Proms of Filarmonica della Scala orchestra. What? First time of Scala orchestra in London? No and yes. The trick is that in 1982 Claudio Abbado created a new orchestra formed with members of Teatro alla Scala orchestra to focus on symphonic repertoire. And we got the best of these two faces of the orchestra: an opera orchestra who follows the singers and a full symphonic orchestra telling the full story.