RNCM Symphony Orchestra
RNCM Concert Hall, 5 May 2017
This was another fine concert by the RNCM Symphony Orchestra, with the programme of music for the evening chosen by the conductor, Manoj Kamps.
There was Sibelius’s fifth symphony at the end, its jagged tones evoking icy colour and bleak landscapes. This was an epic journey, complete with Sherpa dogs and Kendall Mint Cake. Sitong Meng played piano in the middle work, Bartok’s Piano Concerto No 2 in G major, and we saw before our eyes the construction of a monument, such was the force of her performance. No sense in expending such energy on an easy piece. The concert began with a shimmering memorial to Bartok by Witold Lutosławski. It was elegiac but joyful as well.
I am looking forward to the next one already!