“Philharmonia Orchestra reveals unexpected connections” (FT.com)

Financial Times

“Spanish conductor Pablo Heras-Casado planned a first half that would evoke his homeland, starting with Ravel, the Frenchman who depicted Spain as vividly as anybody. His Alborada del gracioso, played with bold colours, was paired with Falla’s Noches en los jardines de España, Javier Perianes the idiomatic solo pianist. It might seem a big leap to the Russian fantasy of Stravinsky’s The Firebird, but the near-impressionist soundworld is only a step away. Heras-Casado performed the ballet complete and with its luxuriously huge orchestration. The Philharmonia was on top form, first horn notably distinguished.”

Pablo Heras-Casado is the Principal Conductor of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and the Principal Guest Conductor of Teatro Real, Madrid and records for Deutsche Grammophon & harmonia mundi, as well as a Global Ambassador of Ayuda en Acción.

   

Photos: Fernando Sancho