Pavel Kolesnikov scales Rachmaninov’s Everest with elegance

Rachmaninov: LPO/Sinaisky ****

Royal Festival Hall, 29th October 2014

“A mountain! The hardest piece you could everest play!” David Helfgott admits to Cecil Parkes in the film Shine, describing the monumental ‘Rach 3’ – Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto no. 3 in D minor – the object of an obsession, which leads to his mental breakdown. Its technical challenges are legendary, attracting a good number of steely-fingered soloists to rattle off barnstorming performances in the grand manner. Refreshingly, Pavel Kolesnikov offered something very different in this instalment in the London Philharmonic’s ‘Inside Out’ exploration of Rachmaninov’s oeuvre.

Pavel Kolesnikov © Colin Way

Pavel Kolesnikov
© Colin Way

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