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Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra, Martin Roscoe (piano), Barry Wordsworth (conductor)

From its stately opening fanfares through to the frenzied gypsy-themed ‘friss’ section, Kodály’s ‘Dances of Galánta’ allowed the splendid orchestral soloists, particularly Principal Clarinet Fiona Cross, to give of their best. Then Martin Roscoe claimed the spotlight with Schumann’s Piano Concerto, delivering a refined, beautifully judged performance that was enjoyed by audience and orchestra alike.

In Scriabin’s 2nd Symphony, Wordsworth carefully generated a surging pressure that built steadily and relentlessly into thrilling, brass-blaring climaxes even in the gentle slow movement, in strong contrast to the woodwind’s eloquent birdsong. The full-blooded Maestoso finale concluded the 2016-17 concert season in great style.

Dome Concert Hall, 26 March 2017
Rating: ★★★★½
Andrew Connal

 

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