BBC SSO, City Halls, Glasgow ****
Central to this programme was the phenomenal 34-year-old Russian pianist, Yulianna Avdeeva, whose performance of the Tchaikovsky was a blistering tour de force, meaty and authoritative, with all-consuming musicality that crafted every melodic thread with natural charisma.
The opening made complete sense (how often does it sound like mere rhetorical bluster?), the contrast between its solid girth and the lighthearted delicacy of later themes imbuing the granite-like proportions of the entire movement with conversational scintillation. Here, as in the remaining movements, Avdeeva called the shots, intensely lyrically in the andante, dynamically thrusting in the dizzy finale.
The SSO responded pungently, just as they did after the interval in the Sibelius, a symphony that lives by the originality of its raw colourings and ingenious structuring. Dausgaard moulded it with a powerful combination of the theatrical and the abstract. Textures were ripe to the core, the big picture wholesome with a hint of fragility.
Dausgaard also applied fresh objectivity to the opener, Peter Maxwell Davies’ An Orkney Wedding, with Sunrise. A hint of Bartókian primitivism in its folksy dance tunes was an illuminating touch, if a tad mannered.