Concert reviews: Vladimir Jurowski conducts Brahms and Beethoven, 17 January 2014

On Friday 17 January 2014 at Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall, the London Philharmonic Orchestra under Principal Conductor Vladimir Jurowski performed Beethoven's Symphony No. 6 (Pastoral), and Brahms's Piano Concerto No. 1 with soloist Yulianna Avdeeva.

Here are the press reviews...

'In Brahms's essentially symphonic conception, [Avdeeva] was entirely willing and able to become subservient to the musical argument where the piano assumes an accompanying or subsidiary part in the texture. Quite often too, her articulation of octave sequences was crisply delineated, like blocks of ice rather than dull stone. Undoubtedly this was a powerful performance.'
Curtis Rogers, Classical Source, 18 January 2014

'Avdeeva was musicality personified. Clearly happy in dialogue with her orchestral colleagues, she seemed like a pianistic chameleon, one moment the clear, heroic soloist, the next she was the chamber musician. Her realisation of Brahms' part-writing was supremely considered throughout.'
Colin Clarke, Seen and Heard International, 19 January 2014

'There's a mesmerising beauty and intelligence to [Avdeeva's] interpretation and something that I don't mind classifying as an old-fashioned classiness of the best type: fully informed and intellectually aware yet deeply intuitive as well and with the ability to find not only the right sound for Brahms but the right sounds for every shade of his very considerable spectrum. It's worth adding that the players adored her awareness of orchestral sound and interaction, and one violinist declared it one of the best Brahms Firsts he's played in in 28 years.'
Jessica Duchen (blog), 18 January 2014