Risky on Paper
Mark Elder and the
National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain
impress MIKE WHEELER
On paper it looked rather a risky programme — three pieces, all beginning quietly, and two of them ending quietly as well. But the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and conductor Mark Elder held us in the palms of their hands, ensuring that the gentle murmurs of Lyadov's The Enchanted Lake worked their magic from the very first note. For a piece that doesn't actually go anywhere it's a remarkably compelling experience, and the muted strings' velvety tone, and the points of light from other parts of the orchestra, created a thoroughly bewitching soundscape...
Copyright © 12 January 2018