SAKARI ORAMO AND FEDERICO COLLI SAKARI ORAMO AND FEDERICO COLLI

Standing ovation at the London Barbican Hall

Federico Colli takes on the fiendish Rachmaninov's Third Concerto with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Sakari Oramo

Stupendous last-minute replacement… soloist Federico Colli with the BBCSO, conducted by Sakari Oramo

The concert’s centrepiece, meanwhile, was Rachmaninov’s Third Piano Concerto, with Federico Colli as soloist, a late replacement for Yevgeny Sudbin. Winner of the 2012 Leeds piano competition, Colli has had the concerto in his repertory for some time, though its notorious difficulty makes any performance at short notice an immense challenge. Colli’s technical prowess proved awesome from the outset, though it was not until part-way through the opening allegro that he began to develop the corresponding expressive subtlety. What followed, however, was stupendous, exploring the grandest of passions in the intermezzo, and closing with one of the most electrifying accounts of the finale I can remember.

Tim Ashley, The Guardian

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