Anderszewski was surprisingly disappointing. With runs less than mercurial, and a less than limpid touch in the slow movement, the pianist suggested a mix of objectivity and disdain that rarely engaged. He did focus in the shortest of Beethovens three cadenzas. Despite an enthusiastic accompaniment from Swensen, the opening movements martial step and Romantic lingering didnt quite gel, and the Largo meandered, torpor broken by Richard Hosfords transmitting clarinet solos. The finale, spirited certainly, was heavy-handed, the swing episode deadpan. One member of the audience took exception and booed; certainly this proved an unfavourable contrast to Radu Lupus subtlety, poetry and spontaneity in this concerto a month ago. [CLICK HERE]
Swensen likes to keep music on the move. Sibeliuss first numbered symphony emerged as small-scale and not a little noisy in this primary-colour, crisply detailed, efficiently played rendition, one that was heartfelt but not soulful enough, one short on narrative and panoramic atmosphere.
- This concert is broadcast by BBC Radio 3 on Monday, 11 February, at 7.30pm Click here to Listen on-line