Sebastian Fagerlund: Höstsonaten
Anne Sofie von Otter
Finnish National Opera Choir and Orchestra
dir. John Storgårds
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As the orchestra’s Chief Guest Conductor, John Storgårds will conduct the season opening of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra at Bridgewater Hall in Manchester on Saturday the 22nd of September. The progamme will include Respighi’s ‘Fountains of Rome’, Walton’s Cello Concerto performed by Alban Gerhardt as well as Sibelius’ Symphony No. 2.
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22. September 2018, The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
It is the extraordinary finale with its incandescent climaxes that was the most thrilling aspect of tonight's performance, and while Storgårds’s interpretation at times bordered on excess, there was no doubting his heartfelt passion and commitment that carried the sweep of music on to its ineluctable end. There was so much to admire here: the ghostly, shimmering opening, the coquettish violin solo, the deep tuba theme and the consistently noble, fulsome sound from the RTÉ NSO. Time after time as the waves of climax succeeded one another, Storgårds whipped the RTÉ NSO into a priapic frenzy resulting in a thrilling rendition of Mahler 6.
Andrew Larkin, bachtrack, 21 May 2018 RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra