Reviews of Sunday 3 December concert

Glowing reviews are starting to appear for the Brighton Phil’s concert at Brighton Dome on Sunday, supplemented by comments from audience members.

Louise Dumas for The Argus wrote of the performance of Rachmaninov’s Symphony No.2 that “The Brighton Philharmonic rose to meet the challenge, every section of the orchestra demonstrating their abilities with towering fortissimi or whispersoft diminuendo. Exhilarating and unforgettable; a rare afternoon of music.”

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Writing for Lark Reviews Susan Elkin loved the “Elgarian grandiloquence” of In the South which opened Sunday’s concert, and described the performance of Rachmaninov’s Symphony No.2 as “enjoyably joyful… serious music with a spring in its step”.

She found Melvyn Tan (who performed Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G) “a most engaging performer, eyes and body turned to the conductor and orchestra all the time and his left foot beating time in the jazzier Bolero-like sections – every inch a team player.”

She also congratulated the BPO’s cor anglais player (Clare Hoskins) “who worked very hard in this concert both in the Ravel and the Rachmaninov. She provided some especially attractive solos.”

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Andrew Connal for Latest Brighton described the Brighton Phil’s concert as “reassuringly satisfying… the richly romantic works of the early 1900s providing leisurely Sunday afternoon listening.” He was lucky enough to attend the sold out Pre-Concert Interview with Melvyn Tan, learning that he is newly resident in Sussex!

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It was not just the press who enjoyed the concert:

Simon Bonson, an audience member, wrote: “What a wonderful concert: brilliant programme and soloist. The highlight was the magnificent and affecting performance of the Rachmaninov second symphony- the finest I’ve yet heard in concert.”

Patrick Harrex, who brought a group from the Brighton & Hove Arts Orchestra to the morning rehearsal, wrote to say: “Thank you very much for inviting members of Brighton & Hove Arts Orchestra to attend the Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra’s rehearsal. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the morning – they found it both instructive and a great opportunity to experience live music in rehearsal. It seems that some lessons may have been learnt about rehearsal behaviour/techniques – we shall see when we meet again in January! Thank you so much for thinking of us and for a wonderful experience.”

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