Martin Helmchen at the Singapore Symphony Orchestra
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Martin Helmchen replaced Nicolai Lugansky on March 24 with Brahms´ Piano concerto No.1 at the Singapore Symphony Orchestra: Brahms‘ First Piano Concerto occupied the …

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Martin Helmchen at the Singapore Symphony Orchestra

29.03.2017

Martin Helmchen replaced Nicolai Lugansky on March 24 with Brahms´ Piano concerto No.1 at the Singapore Symphony Orchestra:

Brahms‘ First Piano Concerto occupied the second part, with German pianist Martin Helmchen substituting for the indisposed Russian Nikolai Lugansky. This was no huge loss as Helmchen gave a performance that was as confident as it was magisterial.

The stormy opening orchestral tutti was balanced by the piano’s composed entry, which served as a calming influence. When it came to the development section, big octaves and chords showed he could barnstorm with the best of them.

The slow movement was a revelation, its hymn-like phrases on piano handled with utmost reverence and love. 

(The Straits Times, Chang Tou Liang, 27.03.2017)

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