On the Spring Board - Press Review of the EuroRadio Youth Concert


This press review was released in the Saabrücker Zeitung on 11th April 2011:

The Third SR-Soiree in the Saarbrücken Congress Hall

Saarbrücken. The Euroradio Youth Concert took place on Friday in the Saarbrücken Congress Hall, as part of the third SR-Soiree. Young prizewinners of international competitions were introduced to the public, perhaps providing a springboard for impressive future careers. The German Radio Philharmonic was conducted by Michael Sanderling, who criticised the assumption that competitions are a sure path to success: competitors cannot measure themselves against each other, but against what they find in the music, so as to bring it alive for the audience.

In this respect Luka Sulic gave an excellent start to the concert, with his performance of Elgar’s Cello Concerto. He reinforced the concerto’s introversion with his clear, slender tone, which was particularly effective in the calmer passages. Dalia Kuznecovaite provided a complete contrast, showing her mastery over every aspect of violin playing technique with her performance of Prokofiev’s First Violin Concerto. She delivered the lyrical arabesques quite as convincingly as the bowing acrobatics, pizzicato effects and double-stopping witchcraft.

Roman Lopatynskyy is only 17 years old and already has Beethoven’s Fifth Piano Concerto well within his grasp. In the tutti sections Sanderling exposed the heroic, revolutionary Beethoven, and Lopatynskyy’s reaction was elegant and technically perfect, but detached from the orchestra. An interesting contrast, which gave an unusual feel to both interpretations. The piano and orchestra were, however, deeply and intimately interwoven in the Adagio, their conceptions of the music harmoniously united.


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