Prom 2: A tentative orchestra but a dazzling soloist

Making their BBC Proms debut, it was difficult to know what to expect from the China Philharmonic Orchestra. Formed in 2000, they are considerably newer than their European and American counterparts. They still have some way to go in finding their own sound, and their playing sometimes verges on the timid. It was only after the entrance of a charismatic soloist, in the form of pianist Haochen Zhang, was the orchestra able to come out of its shell.

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