Review of Concert in Nottingham, UK, 27 April 2019

Bravado and Introspection

MIKE WHEELER listens to
Rachmaninov and Shostakovich from Daniel Kharitonov,
Vladimir Ashkenazy and the Philharmonia Orchestra

Nottingham, UK, 27 April 2019

Nottingham, UK, 27 April 2019


Rachmaninov's First Piano Concerto gives the impression of a supremely confident Op 1, though some of this is in no doubt due to his later revisions. Whatever the case, soloist Daniel Kharitonov conspired with the Philharmonia Orchestra and conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy to give it the most imposing possible start - Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham, UK, 27 April 2019.

The lively section that followed saw Kharitonov scampering up and down the keyboard with playing of both breathtaking ease and pin-sharp focus. On the other hand, while he can unleash coruscating fistfuls of octaves with the best, as he showed both in that opening, and at the start of the first movement cadenza, it was the moments of quiet playing that particularly enthralled, inviting listeners into a very special place. The long unaccompanied passage just after the start of the second movement was typical, conjuring up a barely whispered filigree of both warmth and wistfulness. The finale can seem overly sectional, but soloist, orchestra and conductor made sure the switches of tone between bravado and introspection hung together convincingly. There's also a brashness, and an almost demonic energy, to some of the music which, happily, the performance didn't try to gloss over.

There's no glossing over anything in Shostakovich's Symphony No 10, whether plain speaking or those moments when he adopts his habitual ironic mask. The initial groping in the dark on the cellos and basses soon acquired a sense of purpose in Ashkenazy and the Philharmonia's reading, with the various woodwind laments threading their way across the epic backdrop, as a sense of menace began coming into view. The big, raw climax was compellingly sustained, after which the two clarinets, moving together in thirds, sounded a tentatively consoling note, while the piccolo duet in the final bars was icily enigmatic.

The blistering scherzo was an outburst of lacerating fury, like a particularly scary musical troika ride, after which the third movement came across with a strong sense of Shostakovich picking up the pieces and puzzling over them, asserting his own personal stake in the process with the insistently repeated DSCH motif that acts as his musical monogram. Against the orchestra's unequivocal cries of protest in the movement's later stages, principal horn Laurence Davies attempted to bring a fragile sense of stability with his equally recurring five-note idea.

More plangent woodwind solos open the fourth movement, and these were allowed to make their points simply and directly. There was a palpable sense of expectation and uncertainty as this big opening section came to an end. Then suddenly it was party time - except that, of course, with Shostakovich, things are rarely that straightforward. Conductor and orchestra left an irresistible impression of a trepak on a large scale, dancing its way towards the huge outburst on the DSCH motif, which arrived with scary-thrilling abandon.

As it all dies down, a solo bassoon can't resist playing the fool, and Emily Hultmark hit the ironic tone squarely in the middle, while the race to the end left us in no doubt of the ambiguity beneath the exhilaration.

Copyright © 6 May 2019 Mike Wheeler,
Derby UK



HarrisonParrott is delighted to work in close collaboration with the Cartagena International Music Festival for their 13th festival featuring four HarrisonParrott artists and one orchestral residency — Angela Hewitt, Daniel Kharitonov and Víkingur Ólafsson — as well as managing the seven-concert tour of the resident orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Natalie Murray Beale.

The 13th Cartagena Festival programme is themed around the concept of ‘Celestial Harmony: the number, the sound, the music’. The Festival seeks to highlight the fascinating relationship between musical thought and scientific reflection; by looking at numbers, symmetries, proportions, natural forces, and the cosmic dynamics that have inspired great composers throughout the centuries. This season, the Festival has selected Johann Sebastian Bach to be their featured composer, as his music invites listeners to delve into a world where symmetry, polyphonic artifice, and technical mastery transform into a celestial, universal and divine work.

On 4 January, Angela Hewitt and the Philharmonia Orchestra open the Festival at Teatro Adolfo Mejía with Bach’s Keyboard Concerto No.1 BWV 1052 (play-directed by Hewitt), Beethoven’s Symphony No.5, Mozart’s Symphony No.41, and Kernis’ Musica Celestis, conducted by Natalie Murray Beale. This programme is repeated the following day on 5 January.

In their third concert investigating the ‘Harmony of Forms’ on 5 January, the Philharmonia Orchestra are joined by soloist Daniel Kharitonov, performing Bach’s Piano Concerto No.2 alongside Haydn’s Symphony No.47, Glass’ Symphony No.3 and Schubert’s Symphony No.5.

On 6 January, Angela Hewitt returns to perform in ‘From Microcosm to Macrocosmos’, a recital dedicated to Bach’s Goldberg Variations at Chapel Sofitel Legend Santa Clara. Following the recital, we join the Philharmonia Orchestra and Víkingur Ólafsson in ‘The Harmony of Numbers’ focussing on Bach’s Piano Concerto No.5, Bartók’s Divertimento, Ligeti’s Ramifications, and Stravinsky’s Suite Pulcinella. Heading into the night, Angela Hewitt, Víkingur Ólafsson and Daniel Kharitonov provide showcase solo performances (repertoire to be announced) as part of an outdoor concert in Plaza de San Pedro Claver.

‘The Harmony of the Reason (I)’ is the second piano recital investigating the works of Bach, this time examined through the Well-Tempered Clavier I played by Víkingur Ólafsson on 7 January. We then re-join the Philharmonia Orchestra and Natalie Murray Beale in ‘The Harmony of Mysteries’ featuring the works of Debussy, Bach, and Barber, along with violin soloist Emmanuel Tjeknavorian.

Continuing the Bach piano recital series, in ‘The Harmony of Reason (II)’, Daniel Kharitonov appears for a second time, looking at the balance between art and science in Bach’s Chaconne, Partita No.3, Prelude and Well-Tempered Clavier II on 8 January.

The final concert of the Festival on 12 January concludes in bringing together the ‘Harmony of the Universe’ with members of the Philharmonia Orchestra and Colombian Youth Orchestra performing Holst’s The Planets, conducted by Robin O’Neill.


Violinist Stephen Waarts, cellist Jonathan Roozeman and pianist Daniel Kharitonov will play at Verbier Festival’s residency at Schloss Elmau which celebrates their 10th anniversary this year.

Together with numerous other critically acclaimed artists and in various constellations such as duos, trios, quartets or with the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra, Stephen and Jonathan will present a wide variety of repertoire. One of the highlights is on 24 November when the rarely performed Cello Concerto by Georg Matthias Monn will be performed by Jonathan Roozeman with the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra and conducted by Gábor Takács-Nagy.

Daniel Kharitonov will also perform both solo and chamber music recitals as part of Verbier Festival’s residency joining forces with Stephen Waarts, Karolina Errera, and Camille Thomas for Mendelssohn’s Piano Quartet No.2. An avid performer throughout Asia, Daniel Kharitonov will makes his recital debut on 2 December at Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall where he appeared with the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra last season and following a major 10-recital tour across Japan which saw him perform at venues such as the Kyoto Concert Hall and Yokohama Minato Mirai.


In our second Spotify ‘Top 10’ artist track picks, we have pianist Daniel Kharitonov giving us his selection of wonderful Rachmaninov and Mozart piano concertos performed by Vladimir Ashkenazy and Krystian Zimerman, amongst classics such as Ravel’s Bolero and Beethoven’s Symphony No.9.

Every month a HarrisonParrott or Polyarts artist will give us their top 10 spotify tracks. This month we kick off with HarrisonParrott's Russian pianist Daniel Kharitonov with his selection of piano favourites

daniel kharitonov travels to asia to perform a 10-recital tour across japan


24 November 2017

Continuing a prolific season of international concert engagements, Daniel Kharitonov makes his way to Asia to perform a 10-recital tour across Japan in November 2017 to venues including the Shirakawa Hall in Aichi (25 Nov), Izumi Hall in Osaka (26 Nov), Fukuoka Ginkgo Honten Hall, Fukuoka (28 Nov), Yokohama Minato Mirai Hall (30 Nov), Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall (2 Dec) and Kyoto Concert Hall (5 Dec) featuring works by Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin and Liszt.

This month also saw Daniel’s successful debut with the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra in a solo recital and two performances of Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paginini.

Daniel Kharitonov Debuts At The Royal Festival Hall

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23 October 2017
Daniel Kharitonov debuts at the Royal Festival Hall performing Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.1, with Vladimir Ashkenazy and the Royal College of Music Symphony Orchestra on 26 October. The concert is part of the Philharmonia Orchestra’s large-scale Voices of Revolution: Russia 1917series. This follows his highly successful debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra last week playing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.4 under the baton of Christoph Altstaedt. 

Daniel debuted with the London Chamber Orchestra and Vladimir Ashkenazy as part of the Ghent Festival of Flanders earlier this month.

London Chamber Orchestra At Gent Festival Van Vlaanderen


28 September 2017

After a well-received performance at George Enescu International Festival in September, London Chamber Orchestra is now traveling to Belgium for a concert at Gent Festival van Vlaanderen on 2 October. 

Under the conductorship of Vladimir Ashkenazy, soloists Daniel Kharitonov and Lucienne Renaudin Vary join the Orchestra on stage in Shostakovich’s Concerto for Piano, Trumpet and Strings. The combination of decades of experience with the youthfulness of Lucienne and Daniel promises to be a very interesting encounter. They have previously performed together in 2016 at the 12th edition of the International D-Marin Classical Music Festival in Bodrum, to critical acclaim. 

The concert programme also features Beethoven’s The Creatures of Prometeus Overture and Symphony No.5.

Daniel Kharitonov Performs Season Opening Concerts In Germany


11 September 2017

Daniel Kharitonov performs season opening concerts with the Thüringer Symphoniker Saalfeld-Rudolstadt (15 and 16 September) and the Philharmonisches Orchester Hagen (19 September). The repertoire features Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No.1 and Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. 

Further ahead, this season sees Kharitonov perform his debut at the Royal Festival Hall with the Royal College of Music Symphony Orchestra as part of the Philharmonia Orchestra’s large-scale ‘Voices of Revolution: Russia 1917’ series. He also debuts with the London Chamber Orchestra as part of the Ghent Festival of Flanders. Both concerts are conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy following their first encounter last year.

Daniel Kharitonov Debuts With The Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra


11 August 2017

Daniel Kharitonov debuts with the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra on 28 August as part of the Orchestra’s summer festival. He performs Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No.1 under the baton of Hikaru Ebihara. 

Despite his young age, Daniel has already undertaken an extensive recital tour of Japan in 2015. This was followed by a tour with the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra conducted by Pavel Kogan in February 2016, which included venues such as Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall and Osaka Symphony Hall, and finally led on to his solo recital debut at Tokyo Bunka Kaikan in December 2016. 

Following his upcoming performance with the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, and fuelled by the success of his 2015 tour, he will embark upon a 10-recital tour across Japan in November 2017 to venues such as the Shirakawa Hall in Aichi, Izumi Hall in Osaka, Yokohama Minato Mirai Hall, Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall and Kyoto Concert Hall.

Daniel Kharitonov Performs At Bunka Kaikan In Tokyo


20 December 2016
On 27 December Daniel Kharitonov heads to Japan to give a solo recital at Tokyo’s prestigious Bunka Kaikan featuring works by Liszt and Chopin.

The recital follows a concert with the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia with Vladimir Spivakov featuring the prize winners of the Tchaikovsky competition at the Moscow International House of Music alongside Clara-Jumi Kang on 22 December.

Daniel’s upcoming highlights include a performance of Liszt’s Piano Concerto No.1 with the State Academic Symphony Orchestra "Evgeny Svetlanov" under the baton of Valentin Uryupin in his native Moscow, a debut with the Ural Philharmonic Orchestra and Dmitry Liss, and his London concert debut with the London Chamber Orchestra and Christopher Warren-Green. He will also perform recitals at the Auditorio del Palacio de Congresos de Zaragoza and in Madrid as part of the Scherzo Jóvenes Intérpretes series.

London Chamber Orchestra And Tonhalle-Orchester ZÜRich Tour To Bodrum


12 August 2016
At the 12th edition of the International D-Marin Classical Music Festival in Bodrun, Turkey, HarrisonParrott is delighted to manage the tours of the London Chamber Orchestra and Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich to the festival.

On 21 August, under the conductorship of Vladimir Ashkenazy, the London Chamber Orchestra accompanies soloists Daniel Kharitonov and Lucienne Renaudin Vary in their performance of Shostakovich’s Concerto for Piano, Trumpet and Strings. Lucienne Renaudin-Vary recently won the Instrumental Soloist Révélation award of the Victories de la Musique Classique 2016, while Daniel Kharitonov emerged as one of the brightest talents of the Tchaikovksy International Competition in 2015, when his performance brought him the Third Prize. 

The concert programme also features Beethoven’s The Creatures of Prometeus Overture and Symphony No.5.

Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich also perform two evening concerts on the main stage of the festival, under the baton of its Music Director and Conductor Lionel Bringuier and two soloists. The first of the orchestra’s concerts (25 August) includes a performance of Dvořák’s Cello Concerto by Gautier Capuçon, followed by Schumann’s Symphony No.4. Then on 26 August, Patricia Kopatchinskaja joins the orchestra to perform Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, the second half of the programme features Dvořák’s Symphony No.8.

Daniel Kharitonov Makes His Debut With The Budapest Festival Orchestra


3 June 2016

Daniel Kharitonov gives his debut with the Budapest Festival Orchestra under Iván Fischer at Mariinsky II on 9 June performing Liszt’s Piano Concerto No.1.

Daniel enjoys a flourishing concert career having emerged as one the brightest talents of the Tchaikovsky Competition last summer. Further ahead this summer, Daniel will also make his debut with the London Chamber Orchestra under Vladimir Ashkenazy and perform Shostakovich Piano Concerto No.1 with Mariinsky Soloists at Gergiev’s Mikkeli festival.

Harrionparrott Signs Pianist Daniel Kharitonov


8 April 2016

HarrisonParrott is delighted to welcome pianist Daniel Kharitonov to its roster for worldwide general management.
Kharitonov emerged as one of the brightest talents of the 2015 Tchaikovsky International Competition when, at the age of 16, he was awarded Third Prize. 
He regularly works with Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra (including at the Stars of the White Nights Festival), and with the State Academic Symphony Orchestra and National Philharmonic of Russia.
Further afield, he has performed at New York’s Carnegie Hall (as part of Musical Olympus International Festival’s gala concert), at the Annecy Classic and International de Colmar festivals in France, with the China Philharmonic and Guangzhou Symphony orchestras, and with Brazil's Orquestra Sinfônica Municipal de São Paulo.
Forthcoming highlights include the Duszniki International Chopin Piano Festival and his debut with the London Chamber Orchestra under Vladimir Ashkenazy.