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RNCM Symphony Orchestra

RNCM Theatre, 16 May 2014

RNCM Symphony Orchestra

RNCM Symphony Orchestra. Photo by Jon Super.

Call it a concert of contrasting idioms.

At the start, the emergent gaiety of Ravel’s La valse, the always startling moment when the waltz kicks in big-time.  You feel a quickening of the pulse, the shoulders start to sway, there’s the sensation of a revolving embrace…

This was followed by the formal beauty of Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in D major, Kana Ohashi meeting and mastering the challenge with aplomb.  An austere corrective to any untoward residual giddiness.

To end, the bracing magnificence of Sibelius’s second symphony, conjuring (for me, at any rate) images of an epic trek across a mountainous terrain.

A splendid concert.