Khachaturian, Stravinsky et al: Baráti, LPO/Orozco-Estrada ***
Royal Festival Hall, 26th February 2016
“Full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.” Macbeth’s cold view of life doubles as a good analysis of Richard Strauss’ first tone poem – brassy fanfares and empty bombast, alleviated with a heavy dose of gloomy introspection. Continuing the London Philharmonic’s Shakespeare400 season, Andrés Orozco-Estrada paired earthy Strauss with airy Mendelssohn in robust performances, followed by fiery Stravinsky. In between came Aram Khachaturian’s Violin Concerto, a brash piece, bursting with primary colours, but Kristóf Baráti helped turn it into the subtlest performance of the night.
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