Pekka Kuusisto (conductor)
7.30pm, Monday 30 November (streamed online)
Royal Festival Hall, London
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827):
Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61
Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36
Benedetti ‘certainly paid close attention to detail, whilst never getting bogged down ... , always maintaining a refreshing lightness of touch, and a sense of the overall picture’.
‘Her tone was open, feathery and almost breathy, certainly never weighty or cloying’.
‘The oboe ‘cadenzas’ ... in the finale were great fun, and gave a light frisson to proceedings, all part of a bright and fresh overall performance’.
‘Ensemble was tight, with precision in the playing, and strong attention to dynamics throughout‘.
‘Highlights included ... a gracefully shaped second movement, with a light swagger to its lilting dance section’.
Read my full review on Bachtrack here.