Monday, December 17

Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra, Melvyn Tan (piano) Barry Wordsworth (conductor)

- December 4, 2017

This reassuringly satisfying programme included Elgar’s evocative ‘In the South (Alassio)’ and Rachmaninov’s monumental 2nd Symphony, richly romantic works of the early 1900s providing leisurely, Sunday-afternoon listening.

However, the crowds had gathered for Melvyn Tan, ever-popular and newly resident in Sussex, as we learned in his endearing pre-concert conversation with Louise Schweitzer.

He clearly revelled in every moment of Ravel’s exhilarating G Major Piano Concerto, premièred in 1932. His energy and sense of fun lifted the orchestra and audience with Ravel’s exuberant rhythms and jazz-imbued harmonies. Tan’s trademark lightness of touch rippled through his encore, Liszt’s ‘Les Cloches de Genève’.

Dome Concert Hall, 3 December 2017
Rating: ★★★★½
Andrew Connal


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