Terrific, fiery playing from George Li, one of the most compelling young pianists on the scene; Mariss Jansons’ recording of Shostakovich’s Tenth trudges from start to finish; irrefutable proof of Andris Nelsons’ excellence as a new-music conductor.
The BPYO is as responsive, confident, technically skilled, and emotionally expressive an orchestra as they come.
Where does such musical maturity and – let’s face it – genius come from? Pianist George Li’s phrasing, the beauty of his sound, his perfect pedaling and expressive rhythm – all were in play.
February feels like the ‘New November’: concerts of real interest during the weekdays and too many great concerts during the weekends.