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Seen and Heard Concert Review
Haitink’s Beethoven (III): Gordan Nikolitch, violin, Tim Hugh, cello, Lars Vogt, piano, London Symphony Orchestra, Bernard Haitink, conductor, Barbican, 26.11.2005 (TJH)
Beethoven – Triple Concerto in C
Beethoven – Symphony No. 6 in F, “Pastoral”
I felt a vague sense of disappointment
at the end of Saturday’s concert with the London Symphony
the brilliantly executed performances I had just witnessed
of two of Beethoven’s most buoyantly bucolic pieces, I couldn’t
help feeling slightly peeved as the final round of applause
erupted around me. This
was the third concert in a so far exemplary Beethoven cycle
by Bernard Haitink, a cycle marked by its conceptual integrity and well-thought
programming – but I couldn’t help wondering whose cruel
idea it was to tease us with half a cycle and then make
us wait five agonising months for the rest?
Such mean-spiritedness is entirely at odds with the
generosity of Beethoven’s music, Haitink’s
interpretations, and – dare I say it – the spirit of the
Christmas season itself.
Such Grinch-like antics
are utterly intolerable.