Rave reviews of last Sunday’s concert

Susan Elkin, writing for Lark Reviews, thought the pairing of Schicksalslied with the German Requiem very apt, saying: “Schicksalslied is one of the finest things Brahms ever wrote. This rendering of it was eloquent, mellow and nicely paced – and it clearly showed how well The Dome works for a large, impressively competent, choir such as Brighton Festival Chorus.”  She was impressed by conductor James Morgan‘s introduction to the works – “Morgan is a perky and insouciantly witty presenter as well as a conductor” and was full of praise for the choir and soloists, of whom she wrote: “Leigh Melrose, bass, has some of the clearest, best articulated German diction I’ve ever heard in any account of this work. His style is dramatic with plenty of passion particularly in the third movement. It was a cutting edge performance. Soprano Sarah Tynan has a mellifluous tone and managed to temper the anguish with sweetness in the fifth movement – her big moment.”

Read her review in full at: http://www.larkreviews.co.uk/?cat=3


Writing for The Argus, Tom Sayer wrote that the combined forces of 200 musicians on stage gave “a tremendous performance, filling the auditorium right to the back with Brahms’ stunning music, showing an impressively tenacious control over two of the composer’s finest and most daunting works.”

Tom was also impressed by conductor James Morgan’s “novel approach” to introducing the two works, which he felt gave an “engaging insight into the pieces before they were performed, including using musical extracts to demonstrate some of his favourite sections from the Requiem…very useful and I certainly hope this approach will be considered for future concerts as I believe it would really help to engage with both younger and more experienced audiences.”

Read his review in full at: http://www.theargus.co.uk/leisure/critic/14874660

An extended version of Tom’s review entitled “A Breathtaking Brahms Double Bill” also appeared in the Brighton & Hove Independent, Mid Sussex Times, and Sussex County Times – see: http://www.sussexexpress.co.uk/whats-on/music/review


Andrew Connal of The Latest wrote: “Brighton Festival Chorus, always an audience-magnet, sang a well-nuanced performance of Brahms’ impressive Schicksalslied (Song of Destiny).” and praised husband and wife soloists Sarah Tynan (soprano) & Leigh Melrose (baritone) whose voices were: “perfectly matched, Melrose towering heroically over the powerful chorus and Tynan soaring serenely in her glorious aria ‘Ihr habt nun Traurigkeit’.”

Read his review in full at: http://thelatest.co.uk/brighton/2016/11/06/brighton-philharmonic-orchestra



BFC & BPO in rehearsal with James Morgan (conductor) – Sunday 6 November

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