Wagner, Bruch and Elgar in Nottingham,
enjoyed by MIKE WHEELER
When even a hackneyed old concert opener like the Prelude to Act 3 of Wagner's Lohengrin emerges with a fresh injection of vitality you know you're in for a cracking evening. Conductor Paul Daniel and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra gave it a good old dust-down and new lick of paint in a performance seething with vitality (Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham, UK, 20 February 2012, broadcast live on BBC Radio 3).
Similarly, Bruch's Scottish Fantasy can sound tired and stale, but right from soloist Tasmin Little's poised, soulful first entry this was a performance to make the piece come alive in an invigorating way...
Copyright © 27 February 2012