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Review of RPO's spring concert

PUBLISHED: 11:06 09 May 2008 | UPDATED: 20:20 05 July 2010

REVIEW

Spring Concert

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,

Marina Theatre Lowestoft



THE RPO were back in Lowestoft last Friday, in the most capable hands of conductor Christopher Warren-Green.

REVIEW

Spring Concert

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,

Marina Theatre Lowestoft

THE RPO were back in Lowestoft last Friday, in the most capable hands of conductor Christopher Warren-Green. Schubert's 'Unfinished' symphony was immediately masterful, bringing out all the inherent stress in the music, together with some sublime playing at times.

The soloist in Beethoven's third piano concerto was Sarah Beth Briggs. First coming to fame in 1984 aged 11, she was one of the youngest ever finalists in the BBC Young Musician competition, and is now firmly established as an international concert pianist. It is a great privilege to hear musicians of this calibre in Lowestoft. After the long orchestral introduction, her first notes were at once commanding, and the rapid scale figures were made to sound straightforward. The cadenza was played with great bravura and aplomb. The slow movement is marked largo, but seemed almost too slow: the sense of direction was only just maintained. The concluding rondo was suitably ebullient and good-humoured, and played splendidly in a real partnership between soloist and orchestra.

In Dvo?ák's seventh symphony the orchestra was equally at home. This challenging score was no problem for the RPO, from the tragic start of the first movement to the victorious conclusion of the symphony.

DB


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