Sitting in Pavilion, looking at the well-decorated stage, time seems to have gone back to the past. At that time, at that place, the concert hall was ready to become a stage for the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, four master composers and their four masterpieces.
Peace and quiet was broken when a big clap rose for the conductor Shuntaro Sato. Following that was the Leonore No.3 by Ludwig van Beethoven. The overture, with enormous emotional range and the complete dramatic mastery, hugged people with an atmosphere of bravery and hope.
Cello Concerto in E minor was well made for the world-class cellist Philip Higham. The soloist performed excellently with his fantastic skill and recreated the heavy mood of the lugubrious composer Elgar. The echoes that came from the back of the belly grabbed people’s hearts impressively, like a volcano about to erupt.
Then, Tchaikovsky’s best-known, Suite: Swan Lake, was a as-solo for Amyn Merchant, the first violinist. Smartly dressed, he was a combination of both passion and calm. While the bow was flying in his hand, his body, sitting peacefully, was the lake of the swans.
The music feast ended with the Three-Cornered Hat: Suite No.2 by Manuel de Falla. Virtuosity shone through, energetic, ceremonious, and luxury. It was brief, but gave much food for thought.
A long clap can prove everything. Bravo, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra!
The concert provided concessions, which was a great opportunity for students to become fresh classical music amateurs. The next concession available concert comes in March.
For more information about BSO and forthcoming performances, please visit BSO.
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