26th January 2019
When the NDR Elbphilharmonie is playing with a top-notch conductor like Semyon Bychkov, you can expect a good concert. But there is a difference between good and extraordinary, the latter being largely the result of small yet wise decisions as heard in Friday’s concert in Lübeck… The hand of Russia-born Semyon Bychkov, Chief Conductor of the Czech Philharmonic in Prague since last year, was also at work here because he knows how to handle the famous Czech composer, Bedrich Smetana. And, because of this, it was wise to also include the three symphonic poems from his cycle “Má Vlast” alongside the Piano Concerto. While “Vyšehrad” and “Šárka” are not as unknown as Tchaikovsky’s Second Piano Concerto, they are not as well-known as “Vltava” which was also a highlight of this well-attended evening. It was a good decision to have heard this concert.