The Times - RSNO/Mälkki - Prokofiev 1st Concerto - Usher Hall 23/3/14

"In the following work, the violinist Jack Liebeck and the RSNO started out so gently in Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No 1 that the music’s tentative phrasing threatened to lose its thread. But by the fanatical second movement the combination had warmed up to a jagged, tetchy tempo, Liebeck throwing off the fiendish pyrotechnics with obsessive panache. The final slow movement was hypnotic, mesmeric and thoroughly convincing."

reviewed by Sarah Urwin Jones 24/3/14