As always with Gergiev, there were idiosyncrasies to his rendition of Brahms’s First Symphony. But they were all welcome. The dark colourings and strong accentation that hinted at a Russian flavour were fascinating. As was the bass-heavy final peroration that seemed to transform the orchestra into an Orthodox choir.
Szymanowski’s First Violin Concerto, written ten years later, is a masterly work and so needs less help. They were surely as inspired as we were by the soloist Janine Jansen, who found exactly that tone of rapt aspiration and furious abandon the piece needs.