Royal Festival Hall, London
Frank Peter Zimmermann, violin / London Philharmonic Orchestra / Jaap van Zweden
"…a new spin on this old form… it proved to be a bigger-boned, more expansive utterance than his first… it reminded us why Lindberg is the go-to composer for many orchestras in search of a user-friendly premiere. It gave an agreeable sense that modernist abstraction doesn’t have to be penitentially austere, in fact it can be made to sound positively gorgeous. The very opening made the point. Zimmerman launched things by flinging out three chords which opened outwards like a fan. The orchestra continued this idea, a dense chord radiating outwards from the centre. It was a pure abstract gesture, of the kind Bartók would have appreciated. But in terms of sound it was closer to the ripe romanticism of Berg’s famous violin concerto…"
"…there is no lack of technical discipline. The atmosphere, though, is brooding… a panoramic vista opens up of dark clouds over forests and lakes, of repressed passions and baleful desires."