CLAS­SI­CAL Or­ches­tra of Opera North

Yorkshire Post - Culture & The Guide - - 15/REVIEWS - LEEDS TOWN HALL DAVID DENTON

Leeds should be im­mensely proud to have this out­stand­ing or­ches­tra res­i­dent in the city, for its con­certs sur­pass any­thing we see and hear from the in­ter­na­tion­ally cel­e­brated vis­i­tors that ap­pear in the Town Hall.

That fact was once again made abun­dantly clear in the mag­nif­i­cent per­for­mance of Richard Strauss’s

An Alpine Sym­phony, a work that calls for an enor­mous or­ches­tra, yet through­out its length the per­form­ers brought to ev­ery bar a com­mit­ment that was both re­mark­able and suit­ably elec­tri­fy­ing.

Con­duc­tor Adrian Leaper’s calm and clear di­rec­tion took them through the many changes of mood and tempo with to­tal con­vic­tion.

The strings gave their all while the huge brass depart­ment didn’t spare them­selves. The cli­max was awe-in­spir­ing as any ever achieved in this hall. The scene had been set in Si­belius’s equally at­mo­spheric Ta­pi­ola. Here we could en­joy the beauty and del­i­cacy of the vi­o­lin­ist, Jack Liebeck, his dex­ter­ity and im­mac­u­late in­to­na­tion was a joy to the ear.

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