RLPO – A Decade of Great Music Making
This was a concert last night, 1st October, to celebrate the 18th birthday of Classic FM and a great popular classics programme performed by RLPO conducted by Vasily Petrenko.
The running order was;
Shostakovich Festive Overture
Tchaikovsky The Nutcracker: excerpts
Jay Ungar The Ashokan Farewell
Greig Piano Concerto
Holst Jupiter from The Planets Suite
Vaughan Williams The Lark Ascending
Tchaikovsky 1812 Overture
There was also an unprogrammed perfomance by a 12 year old girl from the York Minster Choir, Isabel, who sang the English folk song Ash Grove beautifully, not a dry eye in the house!
The performance by the Phil was accomplished as usual and a special mention for the three soloist, Gabriela Montero who played Greig’s Piano Concerto (by Greig as Ernie Wise would say!), Craig Ogden who played The AshokanFarewell on guitar and a very special mention for Jack Liebeck who played solo violin on The Lark Ascending. This is a very familiar piece but played with such feeling by Jack that it had the audience in a state of enraptured silence.
Two pieces I have not heared before, The Festive Overture was a suprising upbeat and rousing piece from Shostakovich and The Ashokan Farewell was a great example of American guitar folk. Every piece in this programme was accessible to the casual classic fan (in other words me!) and very, very entertaining. It struck me that this programme would make a smashing introduction to the classics CD. The Phil should consider this is part of their education programme. Some of the pieces are old favourites but the Shostakovich and Ungar pieces are less obvious but entertaining also. The choice of a guitar piece was a good one as this instrument is rarely featured in classical concerts.
A great night and yet again a great ovation for Vasily and the Phil.
The auditorium was packed, a sell out, and it ocurred to me that, to paraphrase Robert Shaw in Jaws, we better get a bigger Hall!
My verdict – 5/5