A Distinguished Conclusion to Gergiev’s London Prokofiev Cycle with the Mariinsky Orchestra
The cellist Alexander Ramm is in his late twenties and is emerging as an international artist after an early career in his native Russia. If he is as yet comparatively unknown in the West this is a situation that is not likely to continue for much longer on the evidence of his performance of the Sinfonia Concertante (also known as the Symphony-Concerto). In the lyrical opening of the work we were made aware of his lovely, singing tone quality, projecting strongly into the hall, and as this complex work developed so did his virtuoso technique become excitingly evident. For the whole, quite long, span of the three movements Ramm held the attention unerringly through his total emotional commitment. In Gergiev and the Mariinsky players he had the best collegial support possible, and as a whole it was a most distinguished performance.