Edinburgh International Festival week one round-up

Valery Gergiev. Pic: Comp
Valery Gergiev. Pic: Comp
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Your round up of this week’s arts in Edinburgh.

PIANIST Daniil Trifonov began this year’s Edinburgh International Festival (* * * * *) with a powerful account of Prokofiev’s third piano concerto. Valery Gergiev (pictured) accompanied securely enough, and that is surprising in light of all the finger-twiddling that marks his style on the rostrum. On Sunday pianist Mitsuko Uchida and conductor Mariss Jansons brought to light all the sublime profundity of Beethoven’s fourth piano concerto. The Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra went on to provide a stunning version of Tchaikovsky’s Pathetique Symphony (* * * * * *).

There was a time when even as big a work as Mahler’s second symphony was not thought adequate to provide a complete programme on its own. Thinking of a suitable companion piece, the Bavarians and EIF Chorus pulled out all the stops (* * * * *).