Fabien Gabel and the Royal Philharmonic
impress MIKE WHEELER
When a performance of a familiar piece like Berlioz' Roman Carnival leaves you with the feeling almost that you were hearing it properly for the first time, you know you're in the presence of something special. French conductor Fabien Gabel and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham, UK, 12 May 2016) made an immediate impression with sonic transparency allied to a driving pace that was exhilarating without feeling rushed. The clarity with which the contrapuntal strands in the canonic passage emerged was symptomatic of the evident care that went into preparing the kind of repertoire piece it's easy to take for granted.
In Sibelius' Violin Concerto, soloist Tasmin Little projected that magical opening with ideal poise and self-possession...
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