NEWS & REVIEWS
Review: CBSO/Benedetti Plays Szymanowski at Symphony Hall
07 Dec. 2012
- Dvorak's symphonic poem The Wood Dove launched the main programme. What a disturbing work this is, gruesome in its narrative and muffled in its scoring, and drawing an unusually dark sound from the CBSO strings. Conductor Kazushi Ono's taut beat drew all the colour elements together, well-integrated and well-paced.
- Talk about "nocturnal" and you talk about Bartok, and sounds of nature at night lie at the heart of his Concerto for Orchestra. Ono's was a sleek, streamlined reading, so we admired the orchestra's virtuosity, not least the wonderfully rich fourth-movement violas amidst many other fine contributions.
Birmingham Post, by Christopher Morley