Huge success in front of 2000 people, under the masterly baton of Ed Spanjaard conducting the excellent South Netherlands Philharmonic. During a magical evening, Federico Colli offered to the warm audience a new and touching reading of the famous Rach 3.
Throughout the opening Allegro ma non tanto, Federico Colli energized in some technically outstanding passages. His big hands sprawled over the keyboard, seemingly without effort, tackling Rachmaninov's high concentration of notes. He made his way through the Intermezzo: Adagio evoking some flashes of melancholy where technical efforts proved formidable. In the Finale: Alla breve, he presented a stimulating, virtuosic cadenza, followed by the orchestra’s impressive interplay between the flute, clarinet and horn, producing another highlight. Federico Colli clearly possesses the technical mastery for this extremely challenging work, so it will be interesting to see how this work will grow with him over time.
David Pinedo, bachtrack