Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Paul Daniel, conductor
Kirill had rave reviews for his debut with the Vienna Philharmonic under Semyon Bychkov over the weekend. To listen again to his account of Shostakovich’s 2nd piano concerto on the ORF’s website click here.
Glowing reviews in the Austrian Press for Kirill Gerstein’s performance with the Vienna PhilharmonicNovember 26th, 2014
‘Kirill Gerstein shone with brilliantly agile pianistic ease’, Die Presse, 24 November 2014
‘With Kirill Gerstein everything just worked. Seemingly endless sparkling runs, magical nuances (delicate Andante!). The apparent lightness with which pianist Gerstein countered the ensemble was admirable. It was a truly humorous interpretation’, Wiener Zeitung, 25 November 2014
‘Gerstein served the music entirely, shaping the fast rhythmic passages with the same attention to details as the lyrical, tender melodies’, Kurier, 24 November 2014
Great review from BBC Music Magazine for Kirill’s performance with BBC Symphony Orchestra under James Gaffigan at London’s Barbican Centre on 12 November 2014:
“I doubt [Schoenberg] could have resisted this crackling performance of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, in Ferde Grofé’s spartan 1926 orchestration, with just five strings. The long, sleazy clarinet slide still has the power to provoke in a concert hall, while sizzling muted trumpet and trombone solos raised the temperature to match Gerstein’s fiery delivery.”
If you are in the UK, listen again to Kirill’s concert with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and James Gaffigan at the Barbican Centre, playing Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and Schoenberg’s Concerto for Piano, available on BBC Radio 3 ‘s website.
Listen again to Kirill’s interview on BBC Radio 3, where he talks about Gershwin and Schoenberg prior to his concert with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, also explaining how Oscar Levant inspired him to play Rhapsody in Blue and Schoenberg’s Piano Concerto in one programme. The interview starts about 1’40” into the programme, and includes Kirill playing Gershwin’s ‘Embraceable You’ and Levant’s ‘Blame it on my Youth’ live in the studio.
Kirill joins sociologist George Ritzer and architect Alison Brooks in a discussion about uniformity with presenter Tim Marlow on The Forum – BBC World Service. As part of the discussion, Kirill explains how varying the evenness of tone can transform a musical performance.