Review: London Philharmonic Orchestra, Nottingham Royal Concert Hall, Brahms
The concert’s star soloist was violinist Nicola Benedetti whose performance of Brahms’ Violin Concerto had been one of the most eagerly awaited items in this season’s programme.
The concerto has many moods: sombre in its opening, tenderly lyrical in the middle and then full of high spirits in the Hungarian gypsy finale. Nicola Benedetti’s technique was more than a match for anything the composer demanded. In the expansive opening movement she maintained a tight grip on the music’s monumental architecture whilst still allowing its passionate outbursts to erupt from the surface. And were plenty of dazzling fireworks in the finale, including the jaw-dropping moment when the violin seemed to take flight, soaring above the orchestra.
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