Hear Kirill perform Thomas Adès’s concerto In Seven Days and Prokofiev’s Concerto No. 1 with the BSO

November 19th, 2012

“As soloist, Gerstein… gave a rhythmically deft, wonderfully rhapsodic account of the solo line [in Adès’s concerto].  He was equally impressive in Prokofiev’s brashly virtuosic First Piano Concerto… Gerstein’s playing had all the aggressive machine-tooled precision and sonic bite the piece requires, together with a suppleness of rhythm that made the performance feel less like interpretation than, well, creation.”  – The Boston Globe

“…he was an energetic foil to the orchestra, and mastered everything his part [in the Adès concerto] threw at him…His virtuoso passages [in the Prokofiev] generated much excitement and seemed to put the orchestra on its mettle as well.  The Andante allowed Gerstein at last to display a nice singing tone and warm rubato, and the clangorous finish for the whole ensemble brought cheers from the audience.”   – Boston Classical Review

“In Mr. Gerstein and the BSO, [Adès] had musical partners fully equal to his virtuosic writing. Mr. Gerstein had ample opportunities to demonstrate his formidable technique, nowhere more so than in the score’s wild, fifth movement fugue.”  – The Arts Fuse

Click here to listen to the concert on WGBH’s Boston Symphony Orchestra channel