RNCM Symphony Orchestra
RNCM Concert Hall, 1 May 2015
In a superb programme of music it was Keiko Abe’s ‘The Wave’, here receiving its UK premiere, which stood out.
An exhilarating work, it featured Le Yu, an RNCM alumnus, on percussion. Fully focused right from the off, immersed in the music, pitch-perfect throughout, Le Yu gave us a rousing and exciting work, rich in entrancing rhythm.
This was the first evening in a while where the RNCM Symphony Orchestra didn’t play a symphony. No matter, for the three other works, particularly Kodaly’s Hary Janos Suite and ‘The Miraculous Mandarin by Bartok, more than made up for it. (Toru Takemitsu’s Ran Suite was the other work and that wasn’t bad either.) Taken altogether, there was enough epic sweep and technicolour grandeur on show for a slue of symphonies. Myriad musical textures courtesy of a veritable bestiary of instruments.
A splendid concert.