Dazzling Rachmaninov from Trpčeski, Petrenko and Oslo Philharmonic
Radiating calm assurance with Rachmaninov’s much loved Piano Concerto No. 2 Trpčeski dazzled the audience. Right from the opening Moderato movement the impact of the intense romantic expression felt as boldly compelling as when I first encountered the work some forty years ago. Not given to wallowing in overt sentimentality and ostentatious display Trpčeski’s direct approach worked splendidly delivering a poetic atmosphere and refinement of colour. In the famous Adagio sostenuto the amount of yearning communicated by Trpčeski was meltingly beautiful with everything so cleanly articulated. In the Finale the reappearance of the lyrical theme and weight of the jubilant conclusion made quite an impact. Throughout Petrenko ensured that the orchestral balance was sympathetic to the soloist. To mark the death of a relative Trpčeski with principal cellist Louisa Tuck played Rachmaninov’s Vocalise as an encore….