Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Gewandhaus Orchester Leipzig, Riccardo Chailly, Hélène Grimaud (15.05.2012, Konzerthaus Berlin)

Gewandhausorchester Leipzig 
Riccardo Chailly 
Hélène Grimaud Klavier
Christina Landshamer Sopran

Maurice Ravel Konzert für Klavier und Orchester G-Dur
Gustav Mahler Sinfonie Nr. 4 G-Dur für Orchester und Sopran

Performing Ravel's Piano Concert G-Dur with Gewandhausorchster,  Hélène Grimaud, a star pianist already familiar to the piece, dazzles. It's not a question anymore, actually, how good is her interpretation of this piece. On her 90's release she has received a tremendous praise for her take of the piece with dirigent Jesús López Cobos. "Philosopher of the piano," claims the media. Quite meets the reality. The performance is very good, now this Ravel's piece becomes one of my favourites. I bought her record of this piece and always get stuck to the memory of the night. Chailly definitely did a better interpretation, leading the orchestra, than Cobos.

Promoted as the star of the night,  Hélène Grimaud served not more than just a star filler. A moment of sadness that strucked me once the Ravel's Piano Concert came to an end and the star pianist didn't want to give an encore, instead "giving the applause" to the orchestra. The question is, why, oh why?

The superb Ricardo Chailly, who recently won Conductor of the Year Award by ECHO 2012, is one to be celebrated that night. Under his lead, Gewandhausorchester soared in many 'important' moments of Ravel's. More 'drang' sounds for the concerto add the excitement to the listening. Mahler's Symphony No. 4 comes alive! As the second piece of that night, Chailly able to overcome the empty chair on the 'star-seat' due to leaving Grimaud. The sopran of the night is a good one, although not 'the best one'. So I don't want to comment more on that. 

A very worthy night. 

Rating: 8/10

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