Concert review: Peter Donohoe at Queen Elizabeth Hall

Image credit: Peter Donohoe © Sussie Ahlburg

 

Elder statesman of British pianism and soloist of international renown, Peter Donohoe, gave a richly varied and, at times, highly emotional recital as part of the Southbank Centre’s ongoing International Piano Series, featuring music by Debussy, Liszt, Brahms and Bartok. Read my review for Bachtrack.com here.

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  1. I’d have given it five stars, rather than your four – it was a spellbinding performance from start to finish. But why was the hall half empty? It can’t have been because of the programme. Perhaps it’s because Donohoe is less superficially “star” – like and publicity seeking than some of the younger generation of pianists who appear on the South Bank and at the Wigmore. He just gets on with the job and does it superbly. Fortunately the recital was broadcast live on Radio 3 so can be heard again for a week. This (see link below) is worth watching too, when he “rehearsed” the encore a few days ago in a special videocast edition of “In Tune”. At that he was in “mufti”, but wasn’t it great at the recital to see for once a soloist properly dressed in white tie and tails, with a lovely maroon cummerbund for a dash of colour.

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