Classical Source
Philarmonia Orchestra Daniele Gatti
Beethoven’s Third Piano concerto (Volodos’s choice) brought an eminently integrated but not the most probing performance. Any disappointment at the non-appearance of Volodos was more than countered by the chance to make the acquaintance of Roberto Cominati, a pianist who prefers understatement and refinement to a more in-your-face approach. Curiously, his encore, a beautifully nuanced account of Debussy’s ‘Clair de lune’ (from Suite bergamasque), held the explanation to Cominati’s approach to the Beethoven which was elegant and cultured, every note in place but slightly short-changed us on the beetle-browed, gruff side of this composer. The tempo for the opening movement – it is marked Allegro con brio – was distinctly stately and the Finale was a little lacking in that puckish humour that can bring it fully alive, but there was much to admire in the chamber-music exchanges of the woodwind principals and the pianist in the slow movemen
Douglas Cooksey