Slipped Disc reader Andrew Condon was enjoying a concert last night when...
I was watching last night’s Berlin Philharmonic concert on their excellent Digital Concert Hall. Hilary Hahn splendid in Vieuxtemps no 4 and then the Tchaikovsky Manfred Symphony after the interval.
You could tell that the orchestra were having a wonderful time with this great music that they probably have not played that often. One of my favourite pieces.
Imagine my disquiet when instead of the final reflective section with organ, ending pianissimo, the conductor repeats the end of the first movement, so that the whole symphony can end with a spectacular flourish (i.e very much NOT what the great man wrote). Have never heard such butchery to a relatively standard repertoire piece before. The audience needless to say loved it and applauded wildly! The guilty party was Mr Tugan Sokhiev.
Cuts are one thing (e.g. the standard optional cuts in the finale of the Tchaikovsky violin concerto, a cut in the 3rd movement of Rimsky Scheherazade – I think started by Stokowski, but no longer acceptable now) but to cut AND paste as Mr Sokhiev did seems a step too far.