Lammermuir Festival Review

Years ago my first trip to East Lothian’s Lammermuir Festival involved an unforgettable concert by the pianist Danny Driver, playing Debussy and Ligeti; two composers who could scarcely be more different but who sounded like twins separated at birth.

Since then Driver has become a Lammermuir favourite, and Ligeti was back on the menu for this year’s concert in Dunbar parish church, where Driver played the Transylvanian composer’s Piano Concerto with a slimmed-down BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Ligeti clearly means a lot to him because he has the ability to thrill in music that can sound abstruse or inscrutable in the wrong hands. Driver was a dynamo of rhythmic energy, revelling in Ligeti’s whirlwind of a score, and creating sound that was often bizarre, mostly impossible, but never dull.

Simon Thompson, The Times (UK)
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