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Bizet, Elgar, Mozart

Manchester Camerata

RNCM Concert Hall, 11 February 2015

Gabor Takacs-Nagy took up the conductor’s reins once more for this very enjoyable concert of stellar music.

From my seat high in the upper balcony – one of the new additions to the recently refurbished RNCM Concert Hall – I could see that on each page of his score there were patches of pink and green markings.  These may be standard – or did they denote a notation of the conductor’s own devising?

With Bizet’s Symphony in C major, discovered among the composer’s papers only some years after his death, that’s where we began: picture a fleet of steampunk dirigibles, polymorphous and bold of colour, flying in formation.  It conjured up something of that sort.  A flamboyant spectacle, anyway.  Elgar’s Cello Concerto in E minor followed, Hannah Roberts taking the cello: a masterwork, masterfully performed.  And we ended with Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 (he wrote so many!) and one of his dances, incomplete at his death, as an encore.  An excellent evening.

View details of Manchester Camerata’s forthcoming concerts here.