From the Guardian's excellent online BBC Proms review resource:
"There were times when one wondered whether this year's Gothenburg Symphony Prom was jinxed. The concert had already hit the headlines some days beforehand, with the announcement that indisposed conductor Neeme Jarvi would be replaced at short notice by the much-hyped Venezuelan wunderkind Gustavo Dudamel. On the night, however, there were further problems.
Dudamel and the orchestra had only just taken their places, when the air was rent by a high-pitched squealing noise - a fault, no doubt, with either the Albert Hall's PA system or the BBC's recording equipment, though no one seemed able or willing to identify its source. It was over an hour before the offending noise was silenced.
When it finally got going, the concert was less than amazing, though whether its inequalities were due to rattled nerves on the part of Dudamel or the orchestra was hard to say. Dudamel has been compared to Daniel Harding and the young Simon Rattle - comparisons not quite justified on this showing.
The opening work, Tchaikovsky's Francesca da Rimini, though frenzied, was short on passion and terror, while the orchestral ensemble was occasionally ragged. Mahler's Rückert Lieder fared better - an austere, reflective performance, beautifully shaped and sculpted. Anne Sofie von Otter was the mezzo soloist. Her voice is fraying a bit, though her communicative powers remain untarnished.
Sibelius's Fifth Symphony came after the interval. Much has been made of Dudamel learning the work at five days' notice: inevitably he hasn't quite got the measure of it, and a sense of caution led to moments of stateliness. Whether Dudamel is everything he is cracked up to be remains to be seen: we need to hear him under more favourable circumstances. "
Review by Tim Ashley
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