Royal Albert Hall, London
It's been a great Proms for female violinists. Midori, Tasmin Little, Lisa Batiashvili, Viktoria Mullova and Chloë Hanslip have all taken centre stage, with Janine Jansen due to occupy it today. It was only a matter of time, then, before the great Anne-Sophie Mutter would make an appearance.
In fact, it was the very matter of time, spun out in silvery fragments in Wolfgang Rihm's Gesungene Zeit, that brought her. The piece – its title translates as Sung Time – was written for Mutter 20 years ago, but this precise performance made it sound as if the composer's ink was still wet.
Rihm's works are sometimes more interesting to read about than to hear. Not this one. Eerily beautiful, it is a wonderfully clear working-out of an abstract idea about the experience of piecing together disembodied sound into a "voice", failing yet still trying. The violin's disjointed lines explore the instrument's inner and outer reaches, splitting off into shards that echo round the reduced, bottom-heavy orchestra. Occasionally, the orchestra harries the soloist with passing demands for pulse, but mostly they present a kind of constellation of timbres, leaving the violin to join the dots.
Rihm's concerto was sandwiched between an ambitiously stretched performance of Wagner's Lohengrin Prelude and a characterful, thoroughly engaging traversal of Mahler's Fifth Symphony. Honeck asked a great deal from his orchestra, and mostly received it in the Mahler.
The strings sounded a little pressed at times, but otherwise the Pittsburgh band stayed with their Austrian maestro every step of the way. The horn section – led very much from the front by their excellent principal William Caballero – is one of the best in the business.
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