MUSIC / Notices: New Queen's Hall Orchestra - Barbican Hall, EC1
Wednesday 07 October 1992
In this programme of early 20th-century English music the orchestra did indeed bring a freshness of response to many aspects of their playing, and Barry Wordsworth drew a majestic and richly textured performance from his massed strings in Vaughan Williams' Tallis Fantasia. Fine, too, was Elgar's Cello Concerto in which Alexander Baillie lent a most passionate edge to its melancholy shadows and half-lights, characterising with exquisite delicacy in the scherzo and drawing a line of almost unbearable intensity over the closing pages.
The larger forces needed for Holst's The Planets played with less cohesion, however, with a few too many mishaps among the brass and intermittent tuning problems in the expanded wind section. Still, there were many poetic moments and the strings' stylish portamenti in 'Venus' were delightful.
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