MIKE WHEELER listens to
the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
I'm in another of my revisionist moods, so try this: what if the Barber Adagio isn't the elegiac piece we've come to take it for? The question was prompted by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra's performance with conductor Nicholas Collon (Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham, UK, 28 March 2014). It wasn't that they gave the work an iconoclastic makeover -- maybe the tempo was infinitesimally quicker, more flowing than some, but nothing outrageous, or even mildly surprising...
Copyright © 3 April 2014