“Lars Vogt, Royal Northern Sinfonia’s incoming music director, talked, played and conducted his way into the hearts of his new North East audience in a concert designed to showcase both his world-class skill as a pianist and the more recent expansion of his talents into conducting.
In an evening of European music, the German showed contrasting sides to his piano playing, opening with Leos Janacek’s lighthearted Concertino, in which the 71-year-old composer returned to his childhood with vivid scenes from the natural world he saw.
Peter Francomb’s horn was the hedgehog, Vogt’s piano the squirrel and Timothy Orpen’s clarinet led the chorus of night birds. In the final movement, all the creatures come together with bassoon and strings for a musical argument. It was both light and delightful.”