RNCM Symphony Orchestra
RNCM Concert Hall, 18 May 2012
A concert can be a celestial show, though rarely as here a case of twin stars shining.
Our first star was Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No 2 In G minor, a work which the composer dedicated to a best friend who’d taken his own life. If violence lay hidden within the complexity and difficulty of the piano part, Syuzanna Kaszo’s quicksilver fingers soon quelled it, no worries. To say she played a blinder is simply to be accurate, sometimes literally so. Her fingers would often move so fast the naked eye faltered.
The next star, an amazing sighting this, was the complete score of Stravinsky’s The Firebird, played by a full symphony orchestra. It turned out to be an exciting, bold and dramatic work, at times as tumultuous as a raging tide, but the conductor Gergely Madaras ably steered it to shore.
Stravinsky’s first work for the Ballets Russes, The Firebird pretty much made his reputation. For anyone wishing to learn more about how the ballet came into being, I’d recommend reading chapter 2 of Charles M. Joseph’s recent ( 2011) Stravinsky’s Ballets.