WE­BER: SYM­PHONIES; BAS­SOON CON­CERTO; IN­VI­TA­TION TO THE DANCE

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - MICHAEL DERVAN

Karen Geoghegan (bas­soon), BBCPO/Juanjo Mena

Chandos CHAN 10748 We­ber’s sym­phonies, writ­ten for the small court orches­tra of Duke Eu­gen Friedrich of Würt­tem­berg in 1807, are full of good things: buoy­ant en­ergy, vir­tu­osic so­los, dis­tinc­tive or­ches­tra­tion. But they’re ne­glected, per­haps be­cause they pale in com­par­i­son with the so­phis­ti­cated mood-paint­ing of We­ber’s ma­ture opera over­tures. Span­ish con­duc­tor Juanjo Mena takes a brisk ap­proach to th­ese in­fec­tiously spir­ited works, so much so that the very brief fi­nale of the sec­ond sym­phony al­most sounds as if it’s ended too soon. Karen Geoghegan is the lively soloist in the Bas­soon Con­certo, and Ber­lioz’s or­ches­tra­tion of the In­vi­ta­tion to the Dance is done with sinewy strength. url.ie/f1f2

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