REVIEW: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Chichester Cathedral, Festival of Chichester.

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

An exciting and at times serene concert by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra brought the highly successful first day of the Festival of Chichester 2015 to its conclusion.

An exciting and at times serene concert by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra brought the highly successful first day of the Festival of Chichester 2015 to its conclusion.

There was no doubt that the highlight of the capacity Cathedral concert was the rapturously received interpretation of Felix Mendelssoln’s Violin concerto in E minor.

It was played with total ease ensuring that the many emotions demanded by the work were faithfully presented, making this an exceptional performance from both the soloist and orchestra.

Violinist Jack Liebeck brilliantly captured the vigorous and energetic first movement moving effortlessly to the poignant and highly sensitive andante. The finale of the concerto was truly astonishing in Jack Liebeck’s hands, bringing richness and power to the work.

Under Dutch conductor Jac Van Steen, Brahms’ Symphony No 4 in E Minor was a joy to hear. Clearly a fine judge and advocate of Brahms, he produced a colourful and dramatic performance from the inspired orchestra,

There was a marked sense of momentum throughout, exploring the various themes until the conductor brought the symphony to a dramatic and exhilarating finale.

The orchestra’s extract from Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s dream was ideally suited to the evening but sadly all too brief leaving the audience wanting more of this lovely and romantic work.

Graham Hewitt