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City Halls, Glas­gow


IN HIS de­but with the BBC SSO, the young Amer­i­can con­duc­tor James Fed­deck ef­fected a dy­namic in­flu­ence on the orches­tra. His pro­gramme com­ple­mented the tip-toe­ing 1940s mod­ernism of Bar­ber and Brit­ten with the bom­bas­tic might of Holst’s suite The Plan­ets, elic­it­ing rich and rous­ing re­sults.

Bar­ber’s Sec­ond Es­say for Orches­tra opens wist­fully be­fore chang­ing gear with a Hin­demith-like prag­ma­tism off­set by Bar­ber’s fond­ness for fresh-faced lyri­cal lines. The tex­tures con­jured up in this per­for­mance cap­tured that in­tox­i­cat­ing am­biva­lence.

Brit­ten’s Vi­o­lin Con­cer-

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