so said the Arts Desk review after Thursday night's exciting BBC Prom concert at the Royal Albert Hall with Vasily Petrenko and 25 year old cellist Alekey Stadler (pictured right) who arrived with less than 3 hours to spare.
Truls Mørk, the Norwegian cellist who should have performed was taken ill on Thursday morning which resulted in a stressful few hours for Sandra Parr at Royal Liverpool as she scoured Europe to find a musician of the hightest callibre to replace Mr Mørk. Her efforts were well rewarded with the young Russian cellist who is based in Berlin and had performed the concerto with Ashkenazy and San Francisco Symphony earlier this year.
The audience at the 'sold out' Royal Albert Hall were treated to an exciting and wonderfully assured performance of which the Arts Desk review commented:
Stadler excelled in the finger-shredding finale, while sparks flew in the orchestra. His encore, the Sarabande from Bach’s Suite No. 2 in D minor, was a gift quietly given. A young man to watch.
Maestro! were pleased to be able to take more than 80 supporters of the Liverpool Philharmonic to London for a three night visit which also included an evening at the Globe Theatre for their new production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, A second Prom with Wirral born Stephen Hough, a private tour of the theatre and costumes collection at the V & A and a champagne lunch at a private London club. Maestro! also arranged the logistics for the almost 100 strong orchestra.
Our next visit to London will be in April 2017 when Vasily Petrenko conduct's the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in a performance of the monumental Verdi Requiem.