Inside out: LPO’s Rachmaninov exploration launched under Jurowski’s steely eye

Rachmninov: LPO/ Jurowski ***

Royal Festival Hall, 3rd October 2014

Vladimir Jurowski © Roman Gontcharov

Vladimir Jurowski
© Roman Gontcharov

Like a rash over London’s concert halls, Rachmaninov (or Rachmaninoff if you prefer) is everywhere this season – not that I’m complaining. The opportunity to immerse oneself in a composer’s works is often welcome. The London Philharmonic explores Rachmaninov ‘inside out’ in a thread running throughout its season. This opening salvo offered works from either end of his career, from the early Piano Concerto no. 1 in F sharp minor – in its original version – to his staggering final work, the Symphonic Dances. Unfortunately, the programme misfired slightly, exposing the weaknesses of the concerto, exacerbated by a disappointing performance from the soloist.

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