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Reflections on ‘Jurowski Conducts Russian Ballet Scores’ LPO

It was great to hear one of London’s finest Orchestras, the London Philharmonic, play on Saturday night and to see Vladimir Jurowski conduct.  Jurowski conducted the Russian composers with flair, his physicality demonstrating the shape of the sound he intended.

Yefim Bronfman did a fine job with the UK premiere of Magnus Lindberg‘s Piano Concerto No.2.   It fit nicely with the programme, the Debussy and Russian influences clear to hear with great ranges in textures and relationship between piano and orchestra.  Bronfman brought the work to life with ease – singing, stomping and dancing all over the piano.

The Prokofiev excerpts were dynamic, and the Stravinsky was played with a warm rich sound.  Stravinsky’s animal sounds were played fabulously – you could feel the bear walking across the stage with his thudding steps.  Beautiful.

Great evening all round.  Full details below.

-BF

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Festival Hall, 19:30, 21.03.2015

Vladimir Jurowski – Conductor, Yefim Bronfman – Piano

Prokofiev – Chout (Excerpts)

Magnus Lindberg – Piano Concerto No. 2 (UK premiere)

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Stravinksy – Petrushka (1911 version)

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London Jazz Festival: Top Picks

Blue Flamingo London jazz Festival 2014 Freddie Gavita, London City Big Band Sam Leak George Crowley Trisch Clowes Stoop Quintet Zoe Rahman Alice Zawadzki Soweto Kinch The Dixie Ticklers Ezra Collective Led Bib

We can’t get to them all – but here are our picks, based on those we know/have seen live.  There’s going to be so much greatness going on!

Sat 15th Nov, FREDDIE GAVITA, St John’s Downshire Hill, 19:30. Read our review here.  MORE

Sun 16th Nov, LONDON CITY BIG BAND, Spice of Life, 13:30. MORE

Sun 16th Nov, SAM LEAK BIG BAND, Spice of Life, 20:00. MORE

Mon 17th Nov, GEORGE CROWLEY‘S CAN OF WORMS,  The Oxford, 21:00. MORE

Tues 18th Nov, TRISH CLOWES & GUY BARKER w/ BBC CO, Southbank Centre/QE Hall, 19:30. MORE

Weds 19th Nov, STOOP QUINTET, Southbank Centre/Front Room, 18:00. Read our feature here. MORE

Weds 19th Nov, JESSIE BANNISTER & ZOE RAHMAN, PizzaExpress Jazz Club, 20:30. MORE

Weds 19th Nov, ALICE ZAWADZKI, Royal Albert Hall/Elgar Room, 21:45. Read our review hereMORE

Thurs 20th Nov, SOWETO KINCH, 606 Club, 20:30. MORE

Thurs 20th Nov, THE DIXIE TICKLERS, The Golden Hinde, 20:30. MORE

Fri 21st Nov, EZRA COLLECTIVE, Southbank Centre/Front Room, 17:30. MORE

Sat 22nd Nov, LED BIB, Vortex, 20:30. MORE

~BF