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Seen and Heard Concert Review
Bernstein and Revueltas: Nikolai
Lugansky (pno) Philharmonia Orchestra, Gustavo Dudamel
(conductor) Queen Elizabeth Hall 23.2.2006 (GD)
Shostakovich was a most practical composer.
He could produce all kinds of music to suit all kinds
of commissions, and was similar to Mozart in this respect.
The 'Festive Overture' was a Soviet commission to commemorate
the 30th anniversary of the October Revolution and is
a brilliantly extrovert, almost virtuoso piece for a huge
orchestra. Gustavo Dudamel, a young Venezualian conductor,
conducted the piece with great verve, although I was slightly
disconcerted by a rhythmic inaccuracy in the opening brass
fanfare, the piece was completed brilliantly.