16. 04. 2016

The Scotsman (Susan Nickalls)

Classical review: SCO, Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh

[…]He deftly melded the baroque with the avant garde in an incisive reading of Stravinsky’s Concerto in E-flat “Dumbarton Oaks”, subtly swerving around the beat and letting the jazz riffs really swing, and there were pranks and in-jokes aplenty in Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No 2 with soloist Anika Vavić.

This piece only works if everything is pushed to the limit and her stonking performance had the audience on the edge of their seats. Vavić sprinted from one end of the keyboard to the other in a series of increasingly skittish exercises while the strings scurried and the high-pitched flutes wailed. By contrast Vavić's encore of Scriabin's Fragility and Danse Languid from Op 51 Pieces provided a wistful calmness.

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