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RNCM Chamber Orchestra

RNCM Concert Hall, 18 March 2016

RNCM Chamber Orchestra in rehearsal

The extraordinarily talented Toby Hughes played double bass during Nino Rota’s Divertimento Concertante: another wonderful performance.

The only way it could have been better, you feel, is if Nino Rota’s Divertimento Concertante had been better.

It had begun, the concert, with the Overture to The Magic Flute and it continued with symphonies by Prokofiev and Schubert. Prokofiev ‘s Symphony No 1 in D major shimmered with wild colour while Schubert’s Symphony No 8 in B minor put me in mind of the Pastoral, chiefly due to way it slowly built. And it had some fine flute-playing.

I had heard some fine flute-playing earlier that evening as well: Debussy’s Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp was one of two works performed by the Lavena Trio at their debut concert in the RNCM Studio Theatre. At the end, it felt all too brief; you wanted to hear more. You’d call that an auspicious beginning.

All in all, an excellent evening.

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