Queen Elizabeth Hall
Ravel – Valses nobles et sentimentalesEnescu – Piano Sonata no.1 in F-sharp minor, op.24 no.1
Debussy – Le Vent dans la plaine
La Fille aux cheveux de lin
Brahms – Piano Sonata no.3 in F minor, op.5
Elisabeth Leonskaja (piano)
The three Debussy Préludes fared better, though were still odd. ‘La Vent dans la plaine’ and ‘La Fille aux cheveux de lin’ can take a pictorial approach. Accustomed though many of us have become to something more bracingly or even half-lit modernistic, it is good to have our preconceptions challenged. ‘Feux d’artifice’ reminded us that fireworks are brightly coloured: no bad thing. It was, however, hardly celebratory.