April 2019 Concert Reviews

March 2019 Concert Reviews
Academy of Ancient Music at Barbican Centre – Richard Egarr conducts Handel’s Brockes-Passion
Friday, April 19, 2019 |  I was not the only one to have moved from Maundy Thursday’s G&S fest with the OAE and John Wilson at QEH to the Barbican Hall on Good Friday, as I found myself in the company again of Robert Murray, the previous night’s reflective Colonel Fairfax (The Yeomen of the Guard) and impish Defendant (Trial by Jury), and here Handel’s Evangelist in a very special work. ... Handel’s Brockes-Passion was composed just over 300 years ago to a German text... ... It has remained extraordinarily little known since, especially in Britain, and it has been Richard Egarr’s and AAM’s long-held ambition to reinstate it in the repertoire. This Good Friday performance was recorded for release on the AAM’s own label in October... 
Deutsche Oper Berlin – Wagner’s Rienzi – Torsten Kerl, Martina Welschenbach, Annika Schlicht; directed by Philipp Stölzl; conducted by Evan Rogister
Thursday, April 18, 2019 |  Although Rienzi does not belong to the canon of Wagner's Bayreuth-worthy operas and does not receive many performances anyway, its Overture is encountered frequently enough in the concert hall. Another fact well-known to music lovers about Wagner's early attempt at grand opera – a format he soon superseded in favour of his more innovative theories around the organic unity of the arts in Gesamtkunstwerk (Total Art Form) starting with The Flying Dutchman – is that Adolf Hitler strongly identified with its heroic narrative of a would-be leader of the people in a time of social and political chorus... ... Philipp Stölzl's production will automatically lose the sympathy of those who would only countenance a 'normal' or 'straight' realisation. Locating this staging in the Nazi era will doubtless lose the interest of a few more... ... Musically the performance thrives under Evan Rogister's conducting... ... Thorsten Kerl leads the way amongst the singers with a portrayal that tends to carry such lyricism along... 
[email protected] – John Wilson conducts Gilbert & Sullivan, including Trial by Jury
Thursday, April 18, 2019 |  Squeezed in between Peter Sellars’s staged St John Passion that has recently toured Europe and Good Friday’s performance with Polyphony, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment let its hair down in this enjoyable evening devoted to Gilbert & Sullivan, conducted with dapper distinction by John Wilson, making his debut with the OAE. ... Following the interval, Trial by Jury weaved its merry topsy-turvy musical way, in a witty semi-staged performance, not credited. 
BBC Symphony Orchestra – Andrew Davis conducts The Rose Lake & Pelléas et Mélisande – Lisa Batiashvili plays Szymanowski
Wednesday, April 17, 2019 |  While BBC Proms 2019 was being launched at the Battersea Arts Centre, the BBC Symphony Orchestra – the “backbone” of any Proms season since its debut under Henry Wood at the Queen's Hall in August 1930 – was involved in this testing Barbican Hall outing with conductor laureate Sir Andrew Davis, another Proms stalwart. ... Inspired by Tadeusz Miciński's symbolist nature poem May Night, Szymanowski's pre-Revolution First Violin Concerto written in Ukraine (1916) witnessed the inspiring Lisa Batiashvili at her calm, gracious best... 
Merce Cunningham Trust, Night of 100 Solos: A Centennial Event
Tuesday, April 16, 2019 |  This was an intense, challenging and exhilarating evening. To mark the one-hundredth anniversary of the birth of the great dance philosopher-iconoclast-choreographer (he died in 2009), the Merce Cunningham Trust hit upon the brilliant idea of constructing a ‘happening’ (to use Cunningham’s own terminology) comprising one hundred solos from his vast repertoire which would take place on three stages well-known to the late dance-maker: the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA in Los Angeles, the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York, and London’s Barbican Theatre 
Javier Perianes at Queen Elizabeth Hall – Chopin Nocturnes & Sonata, Debussy Estampes, Falla Three-Cornered Hat
Tuesday, April 16, 2019 |  Every time I hear Javier Perianes, I think it can’t be long before he confirms expectations set up by his open, good-natured stage persona, but in the Chopin first half of his QEH recital (his debut, at last, in the International Piano Series) he focused on extending horizons within a mysteriously refined palette. ... Layers of ambiguity fell away in Perianes’s superb performance of Debussy’s Estampes, those souvenir engravings from China, Granada and Paris that from Perianes became impressions of impressions... ... On native soil, Perianes indulged the light-dark contrasts and Moorish flavouring of Manuel de Falla, deferring to the fireworks of Dances from The Three-Cornered Hat. 
Solomon’s Knot at Wigmore Hall – Johann Sebastian Bach’s St John Passion
Tuesday, April 16, 2019 |  Singing works from memory is nothing new, nor performing without a conductor, but Solomon’s Knot, a “baroque collective”, do both with thrilling results. Making its Wigmore Hall debut, this group (even without a ‘starter motor’) performed as a precision-engineered machine – a model of superb blend and ensemble, and, crucially, also with direct communication. ... This performance of J. S. Bach’s St John Passion was unusual for its use of the 1725 revision. 
London Philharmonic Orchestra in New York – Edward Gardner conducts Egmont & Mahler 1 – James Ehnes plays Sibelius’s Violin Concerto
Monday, April 15, 2019 |  This London Philharmonic concert – the second in its doubleheader at Lincoln Center this week – got off to a fine start with Edward Gardner leading a dramatic and disciplined account of Beethoven’s highly-charged Egmont Overture. ... In Sibelius’s Violin Concerto, the soloist was James Ehnes... 
Philharmonia Orchestra – Herbert Blomstedt conducts Mozart 40 & Beethoven’s Eroica | Philharmonia Winds – Robin O’Neill conducts his arrangements of Bach, Debussy & Bartók
Sunday, April 14, 2019 |  In a pre-concert performance, there were three highly imaginative wind-band arrangements based on music by Bach, Debussy and Bartók created and conducted by Robin O’Neill (the Philharmonia’s principal bassoon). ... Several of these Philharmonia players were then involved in Herbert Blomstedt’s reading of Mozart’s Fortieth Symphony. ... Increased to fuller strength for the ‘Eroica’ (only six double basses though) the Philharmonia’s powerful string section helped bring the sound forward to the early-nineteenth-century. 
Gavan Ring & Simon Lepper at Wigmore Hall – Schumann, Bodley, Larchet
Sunday, April 14, 2019 |  Gavan Ring (making his debut at Wigmore Hall) and Simon Lepper opened their recital with Robert Schumann’s Opus 39 Liederkreis, moody settings of Eichendorff’s poetry describing psychological and exterior landscapes... 
LSO – Mark Elder conducts Charles Ives’s Second Symphony – Kirill Gerstein plays Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto
Sunday, April 14, 2019 |  With Sir Mark Elder you always get a gentlemanly concert, physically less static than Boult but of a similar ilk. This was a beautifully prepared programme, emphasising elegance of ensemble, phrasing and links, not a join or dovetail missed. Nothing demonstrative or dynamically excessive, everything pointedly in place, stylistically responsive without affectation, a fireside single malt never far away. ... Not everything, though, won over the audience. Much of Kirill Gerstein's Beethoven – three cool curtain calls, no encore – was a conception rooted firmly in a pre-French Revolution world... ... Charles Ives's Second Symphony of 1899-1902 (revised circa 1950) made up partly for the absence of an overture or some such to open an otherwise terse concert. Happy that he still had an audience, he assured us that it would be “an entirely pleasurable experience”... 
Göteborgs Symfoniker – Santtu-Matias Rouvali conducts Orff's Carmina Burana [live webcast]
Saturday, April 13, 2019 |  Carl Orff's scenic cantata Carmina Burana, premiered in Frankfurt in June 1937, is one of those hardy perennials that from performance to performance – amateur to pro-am to pro... ... Santtu-Matias Rouvali's vernal way with big late-romantic northern and German canvasses ensured a fabulous experience. He's a veritable painter, delighting in the intricacies, twists and balances of the page. He created vast sweeps of pictorial sound... 
Detroit Symphony Orchestra – Ludovic Morlot conducts Sebastian Currier’s Divisions & Prokofiev 5 – Hélène Grimaud plays Beethoven [live & recorded webcast]
Saturday, April 13, 2019 |  A Symphony written during World War Two and music composed to commemorate the First such conflict bookended one of the greatest solaces in musical literature, Beethoven’s poetic, lyrical and (finally) sparkling Fourth Piano Concerto... ... In this painterly scene, Ludovic Morlot’s forceful challenge, DSO strings brusque, found Hélène Grimaud with a rather matter-of-fact and even messy response... ... Meanwhile, back at the concert’s commencement, the Seattle Symphony co-commissioned (Morlot, music director) Sebastian Currier’s Divisions (2014, the centenary of the start of WWI... ... Now, fast-forward to the concert’s conclusion, Prokofiev 5... 
Komische Oper Berlin – Handel’s Poro – Dominik Köninger, Ruzan Mantashyan, Philipp Meierhöfer; directed by Harry Kupfer; conducted by Jörg Halubek
Saturday, April 13, 2019 |  It is an intriguing paradox that Handel – surely the most imaginative composer of opera seria – only set a few texts by Pietro Metastasio, the most prominent librettist of the age, and was not much fired to produce his greatest operas as a result. Poro (1731) has not captured the imagination of directors and audiences in the modern period either, which is perhaps surprising seeing that it is a well-drawn drama that concerns the political and amorous intrigues among the ancient Indian king, Porus, and his cohort, in the face of a campaign by Alexander the Great into that region. ... Poro certainly receives its due now, at one of the major European theatres, in a production by no less than Harry Kupfer, perhaps best-known for his Flying Dutchman and Ring for Bayreuth. 
National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain at Royal Festival Hall – Carlos Miguel Prieto conducts Sensemayá, Sinfonia India & Copland 3 – Xiayin Wang plays George Gershwin’s Piano Concerto
Friday, April 12, 2019 |  Take 170 young musicians, aged between fourteen and eighteen from across the nation, add a young pianist and a returning Mexican conductor and what do you get? Well this vibrant assault on one’s musical senses – the first concert of the Spring tour which follows this Royal Festival Hall performance... 
Philharmonia Orchestra – Herbert Blomstedt conducts Beethoven & Berlioz – Pastoral Symphony & Symphonie fantastique
Thursday, April 11, 2019 |  This considered coupling of two five-movement opuses also juxtaposed that in some respects ‘By the Brook’ from Beethoven’s ‘Pastoral’ Symphony influenced aspects of Berlioz’s ‘Scène aux champs’ (if with pastures new musically), the Frenchman’s fantastique composed in 1830 in the wake of François Habeneck – through either the Concert Spirituel or the Société des Concerts du Conservatoire – having introduced numerous Beethoven pieces to Paris, both Symphonies here further linked by the lively Herbert Blomstedt... 
The Royal Opera – David McVicar’s production of Gounod’s Faust – Michael Fabiano, Erwin Schrott, Mandy Fredrich, Stéphane Degout; conducted by Dan Ettinger
Thursday, April 11, 2019 |  David McVicar’s production of Gounod’s Faust, here seeing its fifth revival since its 2004 opening, remains one hell of a show... ... There was an extra sense of the improvisatory on this first night, for not only was Erwin Schrott craving indulgence for possible vocal roughness but Irina Lungu, recently announced as a replacement for Diana Damrau, had fallen ill on the morning. ... So Mandy Fredrich had been flown in... ... In contrast, and provocatively, Michael Fabiano contrives to bring Faust’s casual, selfish and less-appealing facets to the fore... 
Britten Sinfonia at Barbican Hall – Natalie Murray Beale conducts Mendelssohn’s Scottish Symphony & Joby Talbot’s A Sheen of Dew on Flowers, with Kelley O'Connor & Tobias Greenhalgh
Thursday, April 11, 2019 |  Like the sapphire and diamond coronet Prince Albert designed and had made for Queen Victoria, this Britten Sinfonia concert’s Joby Talbot commission was a multifaceted undertaking. ... He’s given the new work the uncatchy title of A Sheen of Dew on Flowers... ... Talbot’s output straddles almost any genre you care to mention – pop, film and TV scores (The League of Gentlemen and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy), a choral meditation on the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compestela, ballet-scores including those for the Royal Ballet’s full-length Alice and Winter’s Tale... ... Kelley O’Connor and Tobias Greenhalgh made the music very much their own and added a seductive brand of operatic ecstasy and Broadway glamour and directness. ... The concert opened with Mendelssohn’s ‘Scottish’ Symphony – the composer dedicated it to Queen Victoria... 
New York Philharmonic – Simone Young conducts Mahler 6
Thursday, April 11, 2019 |  As we become more and more pessimistic and cynical over the brutality and tyranny that surround us, so Mahler’s Sixth Symphony has a certain remedial quality. ... Jaap van Zweden had suffered a severe second-degree burn on his shoulder and told by his doctor not to conduct. Fortunately, Simone Young who has recorded Mahler 6 with the Hamburg Philharmonic was available to step in. 
Boston Symphony Orchestra – Roman Carnival & Cantata Criolla – Sergio Tiempo plays Ravel’s G-major Piano Concerto
Thursday, April 11, 2019 |  Due to injuries sustained from a fall he took last December, Gustavo Dudamel withdrew from this week's performances with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. BSO associate conductor Ken-David Masur and Tanglewood Festival Chorus director James Burton carried on in his stead. ... Sergio Tiempo’s poignant and dynamic interpretation of Ravel was the highlight. ... Following intermission Burton led Antonio Estévez’s Cantata Criolla... 
London Handel Festival at St Lawrence – Chandos Anthems conducted by Adrian Butterfield
Wednesday, April 10, 2019 |  The church of St Lawrence, Little Stanmore, with its Baroque interior, is all that survives of the estate built by James Brydges, the Duke of Chandos, for whom Handel worked from 1717 to 1718. It was apt, then, that the London Handel Festival should venture there for this concert featuring two of the eleven eponymous Anthems which the composer wrote for that very venue. 
BBC Symphony Orchestra – Shostakovich 1957 – Semyon Bychkov conducts Symphony 11 (The Year 1905) and Alexei Volodin plays Piano Concerto 2 & Glinka Variations
Wednesday, April 10, 2019 |  This Shostakovich concert veered between the very slight and the immensely portentous. These three works were all written in 1957. Stalin had died in 1953; there was the possibility of a less-malign Soviet authoritarianism hanging in the air; and this was blown away by the brutal suppression of Hungary in 1956. 
London Philharmonic Orchestra – Edward Gardner conducts Ibéria, Mother Goose & La mer – Stephen Hough plays Saint-Saëns’s Egyptian Piano Concerto
Wednesday, April 10, 2019 |  Few pianists make a better case for the five Piano Concertos of Camille Saint-Saëns than Stephen Hough, here playing the ‘Egyptian’. ... and was attentively supported by Edward Gardner and the LPO. ... However, La mer was a reading remarkable for sustaining a tense balance between delicacy and impulse... 
London Handel Festival – Handel versus Porpora – Giuseppina Bridelli with Le Concert de L’Hostel Dieu & Franck-Emmanuel Comte
Monday, April 08, 2019 |  For a period of four years in the 1730s, Handel – the one-man phenomenon who dominated the musical scene in London for half a century – faced stiff competition from a rival opera company, the Opera of the Nobility. One of his star singers, Senesino, defected to it, and the services of another prominent castrato, Farinelli, and of the increasingly famous composer, Nicola Porpora, were enlisted. Gruelling as that may have been, it spurred Handel on to compose some of his finest and most-enduring operas, such as Orlando, Ariodante, and Alcina. 
New World Symphony – Bernard Labadie conducts Handel, Haydn & Mozart
Sunday, April 07, 2019 |  The New World Symphony, a post-conservatory program for aspiring orchestra musicians co-founded three decades ago by Michael Tilson Thomas, was conducted by Bernard Labadie, with Nicole Trotier (from Les Violons du Roy) as guest-concertmaster. The musicians responded to Labadie’s tutelage with outstanding performances... 
JACK Quartet at Wigmore Hall – Elliott Carter’s Five String Quartets
Saturday, April 06, 2019 |  Over six years since his death and Elliott Carter shows few signs of falling into the oblivion (temporary or otherwise) as so often affects the music of those esteemed during their lifetime. The String Quartets, in particular, have secured canonical status such that several ensembles have performed and/or recorded all five. The JACK Quartet thus joins a distinguished roster of the Juilliard, Composers, Arditti and Pacifica ensembles by presenting an integral cycle, in the course of which the salient facets in Carter’s musical language can readily be discerned. 
Budapest Festival Orchestra at Carnegie Hall – Iván Fischer conducts Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle with Ildikó Komlósi & Krisztián Cser | Márta Sebestyén performs Romanian & Hungarian folksongs
Saturday, April 06, 2019 |  Bartók (with his friend Kodály) was an avid collector of Hungarian and Romanian folksongs, several of which he inimitably arranged for orchestra. The first part of this brilliantly conceived program juxtaposed Bartók’s compositions with the corresponding folk music, opening with a trio from the Budapest Festival Orchestra... ... Then Márta Sebestyén, a celebrated Hungarian vocalist, was the perfect choice for her country’s tradition. ... The second half was devoted to Duke Bluebeard’s Castle... ... Ildikó Komlósi and Krisztián Cser were well-suited to the word and idiom of Bluebeard’s Castle. 
Wigmore Hall – Vivaldi’s La Senna festeggiante – Arcangelo & Jonathan Cohen with Emőke Baráth, Anna Reinhold & Callum Thorpe
Friday, April 05, 2019 |  La Senna festeggiante (The Seine rejoicing) is one of three surviving serenatas by Vivaldi, a type of work lying between a cantata and opera in scale. Composed around 1726, this allegorical drama effectively constitutes a piece of eighteenth-century agitprop, glorifying Louis XV of France, as it was probably composed for the name-day of that monarch, celebrated at the French Embassy in Venice. The figures of the Age of Gold and Virtue are led by the River Seine to pay homage to the King... ... Arcangelo, with director Jonathan Cohen, gave a sincere performance of this all-too-rarely heard work, fortunately spared the embarrassment of having to take anything other than the musical dimension seriously. 
London Philharmonic Orchestra – Osmo Vänskä conducts Tintagel, Belshazzar’s Feast & Sibelius 5 – Jan Lisiecki plays Grieg
Friday, April 05, 2019 |  This concert in the London Philharmonic’s Isle of Noises series stopped off in Cornwall for Arnold Bax’s Tintagel... ... Osmo Vänskä and the LPO have recorded this tone-poem, from a 2007 concert, and their familiarity with Bax’s 1921, arch-romantic score added clarity and grandeur to this shamelessly epic vision... ... Jan Lisiecki – twenty-four, Polish-Canadian – featured in Grieg’s Piano Concerto in a performance distinguished by a strong but low-key rapport between him and Vänskä... 
The Metropolitan Opera – Verdi’s La traviata – Anita Hartig, Stephen Costello, Artur Ruciński; directed by Michael Mayer; conducted by Nicola Luisotti
Friday, April 05, 2019 |  Four months after its unveiling, Michael Mayer’s staging of La traviata returns to the Met with a different conductor and cast, most of whom bring exceptional power and passion to Verdi’s masterpiece. ... The singing is fine, but the most notable performance – vocally and dramatically – is from Anita Hartig in the challenging role of Violetta Valéry. 
English National Ballet at Sadler's Wells – She Persisted – Broken Wings | Nora | Le Sacre du printemps
Friday, April 05, 2019 |  An evening of works by three women choreographers should not make as much news as it does; paradoxically, it would have been perfectly possible in the 1960s when works by Bronislava Nijinska, Ninette de Valois and Andrée Howard were in the repertoire, but since then, matters have declined. It was in order to effect something of a correction that Tamara Rojo, English National Ballet’s indomitable director, scheduled She Said, an all-female evening in terms of dance-creation in 2016. This second programme follows up on its success, reviving Broken Wings, the most successful creation from the first, Pina Bausch’s mighty version of Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring) and a new work Nora, by company dancer Stina Quagebeur. It is quite a success. 
Philharmonia Orchestra – Stanislav Kochanovsky conducts Shostakovich’s Leningrad Symphony – Denis Matsuev plays Prokofiev
Thursday, April 04, 2019 |  It looks as though the thirty-eight-year-old Russian Stanislav Kochanovsky (replacing Yuri Temirkanov) was making his Philharmonia, UK (and Classical Source) debuts in this Russian programme, and the result was electrifying. ... Prokofiev wrote his Piano Concertos with a keen awareness of his own prowess as a pianist, but the Second, in its revised version, is in a virtuoso league of its own, even for him. ... Step forward Denis Matsuev, who is no stranger to the weight-lifting end of the repertoire... ... There followed an exceptional outing for Shostakovich’s ‘Leningrad’ Symphony, one that took no prisoners, with Kochanovsky in total command of a work that is a memorial both to a city and to a culture. 
Mark Bebbington at St John’s Smith Square: Island Stories
Thursday, April 04, 2019 |  This, the second of Mark Bebbington’s three season-long Pianograms recitals was, like the first, subtly chosen – music “inspired by remote seascapes”. ... Nocturnes by Fauré and Chopin gently framed the programme... ... César Franck’s masterly Prélude, Choral et Fugue, notwithstanding its dimensions and frequent brilliance, can only be made fully coherent through a pianist who chooses the correct tempo for the final section... ... John Ireland’s tripartite Sarnia sequence is, thanks to the championship of such as Bebbington, by no means the rare visitor to recitals it once was... 
Hubert Parry’s Judith at Royal Festival Hall – William Vann conducts the first London performance since 1889
Wednesday, April 03, 2019 |  A week after Vasily Petrenko’s thrilling performance of Walton’s First Symphony with the London Philharmonic Orchestra the audience in the Royal Festival Hall was treated to another important work by a British composer of an earlier generation, Sir Hubert Parry. His oratorio Judith, conducted by the dynamic and young William Vann, was something of a revelation. 
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra at Lighthouse – Kirill Karabits conducts Elgar – Lucas Debargue plays Saint-Saëns’s Egyptian Piano Concerto
Wednesday, April 03, 2019 |  The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Kirill Karabits got off to a zesty start, bringing out the youthful spontaneity and vibrant detail of Froissart – Elgar’s first major orchestral work... ... Saint-Saëns’s ‘Egyptian’ Piano Concerto (1896) is more of a musical travelogue, its Javanese, Middle Eastern and Spanish flavours woven into its stylistically far-reaching fabric... ... For his final essay in the genre Karabits and Lucas Debargue forged a convincing partnership marrying Saint-Saëns’s characteristic romantic impulse and classical restraint. 
OAE – Simon Rattle conducts Johann Sebastian Bach’s St John Passion; directed by Peter Sellars
Tuesday, April 02, 2019 |  This new-to-London St John Passion from Peter Sellars was far removed from any conventional concert-hall presentation as you can have without morphing into opera. But as a semi-staged performance (chorus and soloists singing from memory) recreating Christ’s final days was vividly characterised and as harrowing as any slab of verismo Puccini. ... Simon Rattle is fiercely dedicated to these immersive performances, but his micro-management is a shade overdone. Why conduct a chorus when it is facing away from you? 
Royal Academy of Music Song Circle at Wigmore Hall – Songs of Carl Loewe
Tuesday, April 02, 2019 |  Marking the 150th-anniversary of the death of Carl Loewe (1790-1869), the Royal Academy of Music Song Circle's “Loewe Liederabend”, hidden away among the billings, was a twenty-four-carat winner. ... Arguably the first such Loewe initiative in England, demonstrably the first in the 118-year history of the Wigmore Hall, the programme offered a discerning choice of nineteen songs and ballades, along with the 1836 Frauenliebe cycle setting lyric poems by Adelbert von Chamisso, written four years before Schumann’s Frauenliebe und -leben. 
Giorgio Moroder at Eventim Hammersmith
Tuesday, April 02, 2019 |  Giorgio Moroder, the creator of the “Sound of the Future”, the “Father of Disco”, three-time Oscar-winner, tricked-out in bomber jacket, red shoes, tache, and Aviator Sunglasses (a nod to Top Gun), treated us to an amuse-bouche of his lavish back-catalogue. ... ...three women dressed in flowing 1970s’ Zandra Rhodes/Ossie Clark maxi-frocks, sprung into the sunny classic Looky Looky; the song that paid Moroder’s rent for years and paid to set up his Musicland Munich studio which produced Led Zeppelin, Queen, The Rolling Stones, Elton John and Donna Summer, who approached him to create a sexy song Love to Love You Baby. 
Khatia Buniatishvili at Barbican Hall – Schubert & Liszt
Monday, April 01, 2019 |  In her London recital last year, Khatia Buniatishvili took quite a few risks with audience expectations and attention spans, a process she indulged even more in this Barbican Hall concert of Schubert and Liszt. 


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