THE tenth East Neuk Festival closed, as has become tradition, with a
Certainly it suits the SCO just fine: on Sunday their strings sounded glowing, their winds warm and there was a real bloom to the cellos and basses that gave the whole ensemble a sunny, broad sort of blush.
The concert had the feel of being comfortably sated after a good meal, conversation more happily sleepy than scintillating.
Britten's Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings was carried by the tenor
The conductor was
He opened with excerpts from Schubert's Rosamunde. This is incidental music, not written to be centre stage and deadly tedious in parts, especially with tempos as slow as they were here.
Schubert's Unfinished Symphony closed the concert, Zacharias taking great care to delineate every voice and let every phrase breathe. The result was spacious, beautiful and ponderous.