Music from Korea and Russia

When one sees that a piece of music is receiving its UK premiere one tends to expect discordant modernity. Not this time, however: yesterday evening's concert at Cadogan Hall, given by the Royal Philhamonic Orchestra conducted by Young Çhil Lee, began with Arirang by Jae Eun Park. 'Arirang' is a traditional Korean song which also became a symbol of resistance to the Japanese occupation of Korea in the first half of the last century.

Here it was presented in a set of orchestral variations: the style is romantic - a cross between Debussy and Hollywood: the use of orchestral colour is skilful and the piece is attractive but forgettable.

The rest of the concert was more conventional. Dima Tkachenko gave a spirited performance of Tchaikovsky's very demanding Violin Concerto: a slight tendency to pull the tempo about and very occasional slight inaccuracies didn't detract from a lively and skilled performance.

The concert finished with Tchaikovsky's 5th Symphony in a warm and involving performance, the hall's splendid acoustic adding to the composer's distinctive Russian tone colouring.

Posted: Sat - July 11, 2009 at 10:08 AM by Roger Wilmut          



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