Another change of artist

Thursday’s Prom saw another change in the line-up as Boris Giltburg replaced the originally-billed Boris Berezovsky. Unfortunately, they appeared still to have positioned the piano stool for Berezovsky, meaning the diminutive Giltburg had to give it quite a bit of adjustment before he could start. Once he did start, Giltburg certainly gave a glittering performance of the Liszt piano concerto.

The concert wasn’t so well-attended, possibly due to the change in pianist, or perhaps due to the fact that it was an extra long concert at nearly three hours, finishing at 10:20pm.

There was a UK première in the programme, La navette by James Dillon. I thought this sounded a little extra-terrestrial, given that the title means “the shuttle”, perhaps even with a hint of Holst. But on reading the programme notes now, I see it actually refers to the shuttle in a weaving loom.

The clapping when the leader plays the A on the piano for tuning is, apparently, another Proms tradition, of which I was unaware. This happened again at this concert.

Prom 45
Der Schauspieldirektor – overture
Liszt Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major
Rimsky-Korsakov Sheherazade
James Dillon La navette
Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 2 in C minor, ‘Little Russian’
Boris Giltburg piano
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Martyn Brabbins conductor

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