I worried last night, but didn’t know why.
Now I do. Now I’ve heard Sibelius Violin Concerto and Elgar 1 from Barenboim and Staatskapelle Berlin, things seem like they’re back on track.
Tonight was epic, an effortless and passionate evocation of feelings I didn’t realise I needed to confront.
The Sibelius was rich and rewarding. Elgar helped heal wounds. I feel enriched and invigorated.
Sibelius’ Valse Triste as an encore seemed like a deliciously ambiguous ending. The subsequent Pomp and Circumstance march felt like a clumsy and unnecessary addition.
That said, an easy 5/5 (via radio)