DAY one of the
The series, launched yesterday by
Ha! It was packed out with 100 people, the maximum-allowed capacity of the room, in fact.
But because of the overall spaciousness of the gallery there was no loss of reverberation, intimacy or the impact of
Cromarty's characterful, but non-indulgent performance of a piece whose neck is so frequently wrung by cellists seeking some sort of nirvana of expressiveness, played equally on the muscular and soulful qualities of the music.
Above all, she kept it moving, with a nice bounce to the rhythmic dances, and a lovely, almost wry, touch in the minor key section of the Minuet. Even in the slow, intense Sarabande, stasis is only apparent, not real; even at its slowest pace the music is still on the move, though that sense of movement can seem almost imperceptible.
An excellent start to an intelligent and enterprising venture. Today, the BBC SSO's
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