Classical review: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

By Kenneth Walton | February 23, 2009

...Subtlety and delicacy eased the tension in Ravel's ingenious Concerto for Piano Left Hand, written for the pianist Paul Wittgenstein, who lost his right arm in the First World War. It is an example par excellence of triumph over adversity in every sense – not least Ravel's uncanny ability to write music that has the emotive force and scale of any Rachmaninov or Liszt. In the solo seat was Texan-born Adam Golka, making a formidable impression in his first UK appearance. He imbued Ravel's flowing writing with a wealth of colour and dynamic range, integrating the solo role with organic sensitivity, whether in response to the dark opening orchestral textures, or as an ecstatic topping to the tumultuous climaxes...