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Luminous and thrilling chamber music from Grosvenor/Park/Ridout/Soltani/Bosch at Queen Elizabeth Hall / The Guardian

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The Southbank Centre's newly refurbished Queen Elizabeth Hall has been open almost two months, its spruced-up interior resonating throughout this season with echoes of its musical past. This concert was one of the most daring backward glances yet. The young British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor gathered an ensemble of friends for a programme including Schubert's Trout Quintet: a nod towards a celebrated performance given at the QEH in 1969 by Daniel Barenboim, Jacqueline Du Pré and co.

Given the subsequent reputations of those involved in 1969 – Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman and Zubin Mehta completed the group – this was a bold gesture. But the ambition on show was predominantly musical, the expressive style worlds apart from the messy, mesmerising exuberance of Barenboim et al. Photograph: Sophia Evans

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