Collected below are the rave reviews received for the Brighton Phil’s latest concert:
Oh and for those of you who asked, Tamsin Waley-Cohen’s show-stopping (and double-stopping!) encore was Fritz Kreisler’s Recitativo & Scherzo-Caprice. Here is a video from Classic FM of her performing it earlier in the year:
Reviewing for uckfieldnews.com Phil Dennett opened with: “The Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra’s 500th concert was as much about people like supporter Ted McFadyen as it was a celebration of a musical milestone. As a Beethoven fan, former journalist Ted would have been delighted at the orchestra’s wonderful performance of the composer’s engaging Seventh Symphony at the Brighton Dome on Sunday.” He concluded his review thus: “to achieve such longevity in concert-making is a credit to both the quality of the orchestra and the loyalty of its audiences since the first concert 60 years ago. Long may it continue.”
An edited version of Phil’s review also appeared in The Argus on Thursday:
Another review of Sunday’s concert, from Andrew Connal of Latest Brighton, includes this: “The BPO, energized by a charismatic young conductor, made Mozart’s Haffner and Beethoven’s 7th sound fresh, exciting and animated. Gernon brought out detailed dialogues between the instruments that recordings just cannot capture. The strings have never sounded better.”
Read Andrew’s review in full at: https://thelatest.co.uk/brighton/2018/12/03/brighton-philharmonic-orchestra-tamsin-waley-cohen-violin-ben-gernon-conductor/
Chris Francis, reviewing for the Brighton & Hove Independent/Mid Sussex Times/Sussex County Times, thoroughly enjoyed the concert and found Beethoven’s 7th Symphony to be something of a revelation – see below and at: https://www.brightonandhoveindependent.co.uk/whats-on/music/brighton-philharmonic-orchestra-500th-concert-review-sunday-december-2-1-8733298
Louise Dumas, who you may remember conducted the Brighton Phil’s Pre-Concert Interviews last season, wrote this review of Sunday’s concert:
“Music written two hundred years ago, performed today in a Regency riding school was given new life by two brilliant young musicians and the Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra.
Soloist Tamsin Waley-Cohen has declared her passion for the ‘live experience’ which she shared with the audience for Mozart’s 5th Violin Concerto: despite the familiarity of the entire programme, there was novel freshness and crystalline definition to the music which underlined the importance of hearing it in the concert hall as opposed to electronic reproduction.
Conductor Ben Gernon instantly expressed his authority with a brisk, careful and intensely detailed performance of the Haffner Symphony – the wind section in particular seemed to gain status, perhaps a nod to Gernon’s background as a tuba player. Tamsin Waley-Cohen, a vision in white sparkling concert dress, enchanted the ear as well as the eye in Mozart Violin Concerto No.5. She drew the sweetest of tones from a Stradivarius violin, playing Mozart’s always deceptive simplicity with an assured confidence.
Waley-Cohen herself declared that if she were allowed one work to introduce audiences to classical music, it would be Beethoven Symphony No.7 which is what the Brighton Philharmonic played as finale. It is a famous composition which demands the highest of performance standards to catch attention anew: Gernon’s wonderful dynamics, contrasts and tempi, always slightly faster than the expected, along with the dancing rhythms of the processional second movement, assured an unforgettable afternoon.”