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Seen and Heard Concert Review
Mussorgsky, Prokofiev, Stravinsky: François-Frédéric Guy, piano, Philharmonia Orchestra, Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor, Queen Elizabeth Hall, 3.11.2005 (TJH)
Mussorgsky – Night on the Bare Mountain
Prokofiev – Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor
Stravinsky – The Firebird (complete ballet)
I was a teensy bit sceptical about the programme for
this concert. Not
about the musical line-up – an all-Russian concert is after
all the sort of thing the Philharmonia excels at – but about whether it was physically
possible to cram enough players into the tiny Queen Elizabeth
Hall to give Stravinsky’s Firebird
in its original 1910 version, as promised.
Quadruple woodwind, offstage brass, celesta, xylophone,
glockenspiel, piano, three harps.
. . it was going to be one hell of a tight squeeze in a
venue more used to hosting string quartets and mid-sized
ensembles. So I brought
along a list of the instrumentation and did a headcount.