A Nightingale in Smith Square

A Nightingale in Smith Square
Not Berkeley Square but Smith Square tonight ,the magnificent sounds were all there though in Rachmaninov`s Third Piano Concerto with Piers Lane and the YMSO under Scott Wilson.
Loved his socks ……but above all loved his playing …….this man loves the piano as Shura did and his Nightingale that sings in Berkeley Square that stopped me in my track on listening to Radio 3 (as did Grynuk with the Vocalise) …………magic that travels over the air into my Italian garden and stops me in my tracks is magic indeed.
Leaving the comment about the socks there was some wonderfully assured playing not only from Piers but also from the leadership these very fine young players were fortunate to experience from the young conductor Scott Wilson .
Piers playing the small cadenza – oh how we are fed up of hearing the large cadenza that in my day was never played .Beautifully shaped melodic lines,great feats of virtuosity when required but always with the music soaring above the very fine orchestral sounds.Passionate final melody wonderfully held together by this young conductor and Piers glancing up at all the key points but above all they were all listening to each other ……..a very rare “bird” indeed.


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