Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/José Serebrier at Cadogan Hall

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Long used as encore fodder, it’s rare that Dvořák’s Slavonic Dances are included in an advertised orchestral programme (our loss). It was good to hear this well-chosen foursome from the sixteen. José Serebrier has recently recorded all nine of Dvořák’s Symphonies, a composer close to his heart, and if the Dances are lighter fare they too can have emotional intensity and pathos, brought out here with affection and identification, not least the expansive E-minor. Lilt and zest informed the A-flat.

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Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Thomas Dausgaard – Schubert’s Great C-major Symphony...

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Natasha Paremski has become a regular artist with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and this excellent account of Brahms showed why. With an alert accompaniment – although Thomas Dausgaard might have asked for less from the horns (over-ripe and dominant) and more from the timpani (not the listed Matt Perry) – Paremski impressed throughout with playing that was sensitively modulated, fiery, widely dynamic and notably free from artifice.

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An Insight into The Bach Choir

How do you sum up The Bach Choir in a nutshell? Answer: you can’t. Don’t let the title fool you – this 140-year-old ensemble reaches far beyond the works of Johann Sebastian Bach.

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Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Eduardo Portal at Cadogan Hall

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There was a significant Spanish element in this Royal Philharmonic Orchestra concert, not from the music so much as from Eduardo Portal and Javier Perianes. The young Portal’s career is pan-European, and in the UK he’s also worked with the LPO and OAE, as well as at Glyndebourne. In Les Préludes, he allowed Liszt’s signature rhetoric to make its mark without sounding overly grandiose, and he seemed positively to relish the music’s shamelessly romantic yearnings.

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