Jan 22, 2014

Rachmaninov/Shostakovich/Prokofiev – Salle Pleyel, Paris, France

“Rachmaninov, Prokofiev, Shostakovich! Gathered together in one concert, these three geniuses – despite all their differences – were devoted a true admiration, allowing the essence of their respective musical language to be enjoyed to the fullest. The Radio France Philharmonic, roused by the great Jukka-Pekka Saraste, shone in all their glory in this repertoire…

The evening opens with a moment of grace…The Isle of the Dead is rarely performed with such intensity and such precision at the same time. Within the vision of the Finnish conductor, Rachmaninoff’s music is a hundred miles away from being a melodramatic soup. As a counterpoint to the extreme clarity- elaborated in particularly by the fair intentions of the soloists – the tension of the rising lines, the call of the strings, or conversely the depressive motifs of the Gregorian Dies Irae and Salve Regina, combine to give the listener a tremendous sense of economy and formal unity in a piece whose twenty minutes pass in a breath.”

13 January 2014
Joseph Thirouin,