Henley Standard Property
HOME

Date:

Order your copy Advertise with us! HENLEY PAGES
Delivering the news from Henley on Thames and South Oxfordshire for over 100 years
  News     Sport    Celebrity   What's On Regulars Community Info Henley Standard TV Lifestyle Property Jobs Classifieds Gallery Trade
                               Follow us    Follow us    Newsfeed Search the Henley Standard  
Review: Young Turk with the baton dazzles
Published 03/02/14



WATCHING a live orchestra in action — particularly a world-class one like the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic — always fills you with wonder and awe, no matter what they are playing. Of particular fascination is the conductor. The way he or she moves can be mesmerising, magical — and sometimes even comical.

On Friday night our baton-bearer was Vasily Petrenko from Russia. Am I imagining things or are conductors getting younger these days? Like prime ministers of yore, they used to be grizzled old chaps, bent double and barely able to make it to the podium without a stick and an escort. This guy positively bounded out and leapt on to the podium like an athlete. But then he’s only 38, and won his first serious conducting competition in St Petersburg aged 27. We were in for an evening of funky grooves.

The concert began with the hellfire-and-brimstone opening chords of Mozart’s Overture to Don Giovanni and as Petrenko waved his arms dramatically we were transported to some sultry Mediterranean town where the fictional lothario would play out his death wish. Even as the bleak D minor chords gave way to a more cheerful major mood, the auspices had been set.

Elgar’s Variations on an Original Theme: Enigma Op. 36 followed and we shifted back to our own green and pleasant land.

Elgar evokes England like no other composer, calling to mind rolling hills and Constable-esque pastoral scenes, and the Variations are no exception. Can there be any piece of music as moving and emotional to an Englishman as Variation IX, Nimrod?


Brahms’ Symphony No 3 followed. He’s an acquired taste, is Brahms. They say don’t bother with opera until you’re 40, and I reckon it’s the same with his orchestral music, most of which is bereft of the in-your-faceness of a Beethoven or a Mahler.

Brahms may be technically brilliant but the sweeping melodic panoramas created by a tunesmith like Rachmaninov just aren’t there. Nevertheless, this was beautiful comfort music, brilliantly executed by Liverpool.

The orchestra was greeted with rapturous applause. Then we were treated to a rare encore — Brahms again, only this time his joyful Hungarian Dance No 5, delivered with enough brio to make you want to leap to your feet, and accompanied by some sexy — and quite comical — twitches of the shoulder from our Russian maestro.

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

The Hexagon

Friday, January 24

Lesley Potter

text

PUBLISHED 03/02/14



 
MOST POPULAR
39 and fit but nearly died from bowel cancer
Finally! Townlands to go ahead
HAODS does the Full Monty
Rental market sector is bursting out for spring
Hare Hatch Sheeplands dispute to be resolved
Oxford win at Henley Women’s Boat Race
‘Nothing normal ever happens in my life’
Departing head pays tribute to school
 
 
LATEST LIFESTYLE HEADLINES
The importance of quality chiropractic care
Headline 52pt Lola foot Let the experts take care of your feet My very first tango in Henley
Relax into health and fitness
Make sure you are called to the barre!
Whiter than white!
It’s time for pilates
Spring into a healthier body...
Beauty therapist wins prizes
Learning squash is great for children
Stonor opens doors
Family fun at railway centre
Latest Video View more from   Henley Standard TV
ADVERTISE WITH US
LATEST NEWS HEADLINES
Henley suffers from litter louts
Giant Easter egg being raffled for charity
Runners raise thousands completing Marathon
Rail users’ group to be set up
Sun shines for Boat Show
Top Videos
 
Most Popular
 
 
 
 
Higgs Group
HIGGS GROUP
Tel: 01491 419400
www.higgsgroup.co.uk
HENLEY PAGES
Tel: 01491 419419
www.henleypages.com
HIGGS PRINTING & DESIGN
Tel: 01491 149429
www.higgsprinitng.co.uk
HIGGS OFFICE SUPPLIES
Tel: 01491 419499
www.higgsofficesupplies.co.uk
HENLEY LIFE MAGAZINE
Tel: 01491 419449
www.henleylife.co.uk
  HIGGS GROUP, Caxton House, 1 Station Road, Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 1AD. Telephone (01491) 419400  
© Higgs & Co (Printing) Limited 2012  |  Registered in England number 1418717