Prokofiev's "Classical" (his first) is a marvel of orchestral transparency, which somehow got lost in the cluttered St Petersburg sound in the opening movement
. Neat articulation prevailed, however, with the pastel colourings of the Watteau-esque larghetto, followed by a a delightful gavotte, and a sparkling finale with busily understated timpani-playing.
The opening movement
(Reveries) was the most disappointing of the performance, although some in the audience burst into spontaneous applause.
This near two-hour work can sprawl and exasperate, with an opening movement
the length of a mature Beethoven symphony and ending with a finale into which a complete Haydn symphony could be fitted.
There were musical echoes in the form of the trumpet section playing outside the Hall in the slow, pastoral opening movement
, before the speed and enthusiasm increased with a movement built around an Austrian waltz.
Whether or not it had any forests and frozen lakes, the landscape evoked in this performance of Sibelius's Fifth had plenty of loneliness and desolation, especially in the opening movement
. This was evoked by some very skilled string playing and the Slaithwaite Phil is currently hitting very high standards in this department.
'Vigil' is the gloriously uplifting first single, sounding like the opening movement
of a rock n' roll symphony.
And the opening movement
, e Singing of the Names, is in subject matter, intensely emotional.
There's a neo-Baroque opening movement
showcasing two violins, mostly in their upper registers; an episode for solo viola that alternates brooding, lyrical lines with buzzing, quicksilver exchanges with the orchestra; a discursive section for solo cello; a concise "microconcerto'' for double bass; and everything wraps up with a final fugue.
He almost thumped out the opening movement
- a deliberate approach which highlighted the contrast with the tender sections which followed, in particular the lyrical combination of piano and solo cello.
Once inside the tool area, a further high specification servo controlled axis follows the continued opening movement
and removes the moulded product prior to receiving the mould open signal via the Euromap.
The opening movement
contained some big statements, brought out fully by conductor Vasily Petrenko.
In the opening movement
Luisi found that exhilarating forward drive that had one early critic comparing the symphony to Beethoven.