Spring 2009 Europe Tour
Palau de la Musica
Mikhail Pletnev and the Russian National Orchestra prove they have no match when it comes to performing works of Russian composers. A question each critic frequently asks is, how would a perfect performance of a work sound? Nights of music when this is revealed to us are rare. The night of the 22nd of May, however, was one such.... The delighted audience expressed their appreciation with almost frantic applause... The softness with which the Russian National Orchestra took the theme [of Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony] from sorrowful sounds in the first movement to triumphant ones in the last was astounding.... After the end, as the orchestra was leaving, thunder struck. It was as if it the heavens were applauding the unforgettable beauty of the performance.
The RNO plays with remarkable vigor and power. The light gliding of the scherzo, the placidity of the Andante, or the violent expressiveness of the whole ensemble – every aspect highlights the value of its homogenous formation. The soloists... play their parts with confidence, the conductor [Vladimir Jurowski] unleashes the fascinating drama of a breathtaking musical piece that does not let anyone take a deep breath until the final, well-deserved ovation.