Christchurch Symphony, 3 Sept 2005, Rachmaninov Third Concerto

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Christchurch Symphony, Sir William Southgate, Rachmaninov Third Piano Concerto
3 September 2005, reviewed by Ian Dando.
.... Australian pianist Roger Woodward gave us a very different view of Rachmaninov’s Concerto No 3.  His massive power and suavely neat control of thick chordal bravura in the first movement cadenza and parts of the finale enabled him the luxury of focusing more on the work’s quieter poetry, not unlike the composer’s own recorded version.  The unified rubatos between Woodward and the orchestra in the slow movement typified the close sync between the two.  Southgate ‘voiced’ the orchestra with a lovely rich sound filtering up from a deep and secure harmonic base…



magical sounds came from every part of the instrument”    Sir Yehudi Menuhin