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Royal Festival Hall, London, Beethoven — Piano Concerto no.

A frustrating yet far from uninteresting concert, this, the interest lying mostly in moments, corners, even in performative difference. The Fifth Symphony is a very difficult work indeed to bring off; I have heard many conductors come quite unstuck here, not least, in their very different ways, Simon Rattle and Daniel Barenboim.

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Probably the best performance I have heard was with the same orchestra as this evening, the Philharmonia, under Daniele Gatti. That said, the first movement opened promisingly, with great sadness to the phrasing in particular, although even here the balances were often brass-heavy.

As I was drawn in, though, there was something more sepulchral, more sinister to be heard and to be felt, almost as if through the harmonic cracks. Ultimately, though, this, like much of the symphony, came across as something of a patchwork, not necessarily more than the sum of its parts.

There was a keen sense of dualism s to the second movement; what Jakub hrusa wife sexual dysfunction missed here was what might mediate between them. Or was I trying to find something that was not there?

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That I asked the question spoke of a reading to take seriously. And if the music teetered sometimes on the brink of collapse, there is certainly a case to be made for such an approach.

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The scherzo and thus the second part of the symphony proved nicely enigmatic, if just a little too episodic. It opened in intriguingly materialist fashion, without ever sounding too much like Strauss, at least until the pizzicato marionettes, who surely spoke of something beyond. The impotence of the Meistersinger -ish counterpoint really told too.

The close, quite rightly, told us everything and nothing. It was in the third part that doubts really set in — again, despite some thought-provoking moments. Jakub hrusa wife sexual dysfunction light shone on its darker corners was, however, well directed. The final movement ideally needed a stronger sense of a whole: That its mood fell somewhere between gentle humour and mockery was certainly to be applauded, as was the impression of an object of enigmatic fascination.

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