Andris Nelsons is one of the most celebrated young conductors of our time. His post in Birmingham doesn't stop him from pursuing an international (currently-mega) carrer in all music capitals of the world. Berliner Philharmoniker is also one of the 'regulars' in his conducting list. Tonight he opened the concert with his very wonderful interpretation of "Passacaglia" from Britten's Peter Grimes. simply astonishing. Passionate and grand.
The first part of the concert was used to premiere the Violin Concert from Jörg Widmann. A relatively-new piece in one movement, the piece sounded quite complex. The solo parts and the orchestra worked together creating a piece that (seems to) never end, and yet offers new sounds by every step. Tetzlaff seems to bond so well with this piece that he premiered in Essen himself.
The second part of the concert is Debussy's La Mer and La Valse. Quite considered as a regular repertoire in our concerts, Nelsons' La Mer is very huge and passionate. He was able to catch the sense of the piece and present its glory to the audience. Thanks to the percussion section too for that...
Indeed, a night of Nelsons.