On first glance a concert of Ligeti, Westlake, Bartók and Ravel might seem like a rather eclectic offering, but David Robertson’s programme is a rich study in orchestral colour. Opening with the chorale-like unison strings of György Ligeti’s folk-infused – almost Bartókian – Concert Românesc(Romanian Concerto for orchestra) to the brightly glinting piccolo lines of Bolero, Colour and Movementpresents a fascinating palette of shades and textures.
The tactile quality of flute (Emma Sholl) and bassoon (Todd Gibson-Cornish) unison in the pastoral Andantinowas particularly beguiling – as was the bassoon and piccolo (Rosamund Plummer) in the dance-like second movement, in which concertmaster Andrew Haveron fiddled up a storm. Horn calls rang out across a silvery harmonic from the double bass in the third movement before Haveron featured once more in the finale, in which darker currents give way to a kind of boisterous Romanian hoedown.
Diana Doherty and the SSO rehearsing Spirit of the Wild with David Robertson on February 21. Photo © Daniela Testa
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