Preview: BSO’s Smooth Classics II

The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra returns once again to Exeter Great Hall on Wednesday, with the exciting second volume of the ‘Smooth Classics’ branch of their main season. Presenting well-known pieces, including several individual movements from piano concertos, the evening promises to be both diverting and soothing. Conducting the pieces, in her Exeter debut, is Marta Gardolińska, the new BSO Leverhulme Young Conductor in Association, whose last-minute stand-in last month at Poole was received with resounding praise. RAZZ has been lucky enough to secure a forthcoming interview with Ms Gardolińska, to discuss her work and role, and this reviewer looks forward to both meeting her, and seeing her skill first-hand.

On the piano will be Anna Fedorova, for pieces by Shostakovich, Rachmaninov, Mozart and Beethoven. Beginning as something of a child prodigy, Fedorova is now known around the world for her powerful renderings of some of the piano’s most intricate and beautiful pieces; it is an exceptional privilege to be able to hear her perform at Exeter University.

Making up the rest of the evening will be the Intermezzo from Bizet’s Carmen, Dvořák’s Serenade for Strings, the andante cantabile from Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony, Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on ‘Greensleeves’, Ravel’s Pavane and Sibelius’ Valse Triste. Such a series of pieces offers the perfect opportunity for reflective quietude for those in Exeter and beyond – necessary, perhaps, as we approach a more hectic time of year. Wednesday evening promises to be one of beauty and calm, such as the BSO are so ready to offer.

-Ben Britton

Half-price student tickets are available for this concert 

Photo Credits: Eric Richmond




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