Reviewed for Bachtrack.com
Franck: Le Chasseur maudit
Rachmaninov: Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini
Nikolai Lugansky, piano; Berliner Philharmoniker, Tugan Sokhiev (conductor)
Philhamonie, Berlin, 13 October 2016
On paper there was a hint of Classical Pops about this programme under Tugan Sokhiev: essentially two rousing tone poems framing Rachmaninov's evergreen Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. The Franck opener was far from a concert-hall staple, though, and, as it transpired, we got a tautly argued, almost abstract account of the Rachmaninov. The performance of Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade in the second half, meanwhile, took the composer’s ‘Symphonic Suite’ designation to heart – he was worried that audiences would view the piece as ‘just’ pictorial and not appreciate the intricacies of his compositional handiwork...
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