Prom 50: Angels and Demons as Vedernikov leads a gripping Prokofiev Third

Prom 50: BBCSO/Vedernikov ***

Royal Albert Hall, 23rd August 2016

A belated touch of demonic fire was a welcome ingredient to last night’s Prom. Prokofiev’s Third Symphony, based on themes from his opera The Fiery Angel, received a reading which, if not quite scorching, certainly raised the temperature of the BBC Symphony Orchestra’s concert after a tepid first half. Alexander Vedernikov, Music Director of The Bolshoi Theatre from 2001 to 2009, is probably one of the few conductors (Valery Gergiev being another) who have both opera and symphony in their repertoire and it showed in a compelling interpretation.

Alexander Vedernikov  © Marco Borggreve

Alexander Vedernikov
© Marco Borggreve

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