BBC Proms 2017 / 1: Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3 / John Adams Harmonium

First half disappointing.

Beethoven seemed a bit bashy. The cadenza in the first movement revealed character. Second movement too. Didn’t really feel what everyone seemed to be feeling. All felt a bit hollow. Lacked nuance. Encore seemed a bit laboured.

Harmonium was a revelation. Stunning. Restorative. Chorus struggled with a demanding vocal score, but that didn’t diminish from what was a remarkable half hour of television. Heart was pounding.

3/5 (via TV)

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