Yorkshire Post review of the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra at Leeds Town Hall on the 25th October 2008 as part of Leeds International Concert Season.
Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra
Leeds Town Hall, 25th October 2008
The haunting quality of the Passacaglia mourning those who died in the Second World War is that part of Shostakovich’s First Violin Concerto usually reserved for the deeply felt emotions of Russian performers.
But here was a young British violinist, Charles Siem, early in his career giving one of the most beautiful performances you are ever likely to hear.
It came in a reading of the work that sang with sadness in the opening and closing movements, and bristled with virtuosity in the scherzo.
He is a player with a big career ahead of him, and he was given a perfectly balanced accompaniment from the Moscow Philharmonic. Their concert opening with a stunning account of three excerpts from Khachaturian’s ballet Spartacus. Conductor Yuri Simonov, took an unusually leisurely view of the third movement of Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony, but elsewhere spared the orchestra nothing in his exciting performance.
Author : David Denton