CLASSICAL Orchestra of Opera North
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.