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REVIEW: BSO - Worlds Old & New

REVIEW: BSO - Worlds Old & New

L'Arlesienne Suite No.2

Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

Symphony No.9 "From the New World"

This was a wistful evening of the most delicious music, bringing moments of reflection to the most hardiest of souls and it was easy to see why the BSO is one of the finest orchestras; its musicians so respected. Led by the conductor Carlo Rizzi, the evening was one I will remember for a long time. 

Seriously passionate notes soared through the concert hall at Lighthouse Poole as the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra brought to life the most fabulous works by the greatest composers of our times. Starting with the delightful 'L'Arlesienne Suite No.2’ by Bizet, the audience was enchanted by dancing music from the flute. Backed by the full orchestra in all their glory it was an exhilarating rendition.

The highlight of the evening was witnessing the piano wizard, Alexander Gavrylyuk touch the very soul of the Rachmaninov masterpiece, ‘Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini’.

The composer himself would have surely been left mouth agape at the passion this young, award-winning man displayed, as he poured his very heart into the performance. Stroking the piano keys with reverence he seemed in prayer; then as the piece took off, his fingers flew. Without a score sheet for reference, Gavrylyuk played to perfection; his love for this emotional masterpiece evident. Rachmaninov composed this piece in 1934, and it saved his flagging career. It is a set of 24 variations held together as if it were a mini piano concerto, but with the carefree unfolding of a rhapsody. The variations of mood from sombre to light hearted, serious to witty, are embroidered into this much-loved composition. I wished it would never end!

Come the second half of the evening, it was the turn of the piece by DVOŘÁK, Symphony No.9 ‘From the New World.' The repetitive notes criss-crossed back and forth across the orchestra, from the gentle violins to the forceful brass section, up and down in a myriad of forms. Truly stunning.

Oft considered his most popular symphony, even Neil Armstrong took a recording of The New World Symphony with him to the moon during the Apollo 11 mission in 1969.

By the end of the evening the audience was worn out by the thrillingly emotional renditions. Long and loud applause let the orchestra know how much all their skill and effort was appreciated. We are so fortunate to have such world-class musicians right here on our door-step. 

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Posted on: November 28, 2013
By: Tanya March

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