Or­ches­tra’s en­thu­si­asm has large crowd truly buzzing

The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition) - - NEWS -

The Perth Sym­phony Or­ches­tra un­der long time con­duc­tor Al­lan Young are true am­a­teurs in that they love what they do: each player puts their whole heart and en­thu­si­asm into the well-loved clas­sics they play.

Vaughan Wil­liams’ tune­ful and ebul­lient Over­ture The Wasps be­gan their November con­cert in Perth Con­cert Hall.

Their per­for­mance had all the colour, swag­ger and hu­mour with a gen­eros­ity of spirit. Their wasps had the buzzing of the strings with a sting from the stopped horns.

Ed­in­burgh-born gui­tarist Michael McGeary was soloist in Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aran­juez.

In a read­ing which showed sen­si­tiv­ity and strength, lightly miked by the Horsecross staff, he had a pre­cise, evoca­tive tone of clar­ity in lower reaches.

The ada­gio was a high­point. Michael McGeary’s start, redo­lent of Spain, the PSO’s bur­nished cor anglais, played by Krys Hawryszczuk, the emo­tion­ally right or­ches­tra and to cap it, a ca­denza of feel­ing and in­ten­sity from the soloist.

Called back for an en­core, Michael McGeary played Tar­rega’s Re­cuer­dos de la Al­ham­bra with smooth­ness and re­fine­ment.

Dvo­rak’s pop­u­lar Sym­phony No 9 From the New World was the mu­si­cal gi­ant of the evening. Al­lan Young di­rected a per­for­mance of firm­ness and au­thor­ity.

Its first move­ment had pow­er­ful horns and en­er­giz­ing tim­pani. Af­ter a round toned brass in­tro­duc­tion, the cor anglais took prob­a­bly Dvo­rak’s most fa­mous tune with a warm per­fec­tion.

The en­tire or­ches­tra shone both in the dra­matic scherzo and the colours of its softer Trio.

The Perth Sym­phony Or­ches­tra reached the heroic in the al­le­gro con fuoco fi­nale. Blaze it cer­tainly did and was cheered to the echo by the large au­di­ence.

Re­view: Ian Hunter

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