Review: Prom 71, Royal Albert Hall, London
Sunday 08 September 2013
What is it? Osmo Vänska conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra in Górecki's Symphony of Sorrowful Songs, Anthony Payne's orchestration of Vaughan Williams's Four Last Songs and Tchaikovsky's Sixth, the Pathétique.
The Independent says: "Vänska conducts the Górecki as a majestic ritual ... aided by superb performances from the BBCSO and soprano Ruby Hughes, who gave its three laments a searing immediacy ... Payne's 'new' work now forms a bewitching coda to the great English composer's oeuvre."
They say: The Guardian: " ... a rapt occasion. Górecki's solemn spell was only violated by the insistence of [some] on applauding ... Vänska deserves a medal for plunging straight into Tchaikovsky's extraordinary finale and thereby preventing intrusive clapping." Evening Standard: "The simplest of musical ideas, at first barely audible, emerges from double basses and spreads glacially to the strings. Ruby Hughes resisted the temptation to over-emote, shaping Górecki's doleful lines with radiant elegance."
You say: @classicalsource: "Vänskä's lucid conducting released a glowing, refined sound from the BBCSO."
Details: listen at bbc.co.uk/proms (until Tuesday).
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