This concert, in which we remembered the wonderful life of Margaret Wilson, opened with the Overture from the opera Prince Igor by Borodin. A colourful work in which the harmonic originality draws on and suggests the oriental influences in Russia’s past. It is always difficult to believe that Borodin was a Professor of Chemistry when not being a founder of the Russian Nationalist school of musical composition.
Keeping to an operatic theme, this was followed by the sparkling Waltz and Polonaise from Eugene Onegin by Tchaikovsky.
The last item before the interval was one of the most popular in classical music, the Piano Concerto by Grieg. Since its first performance, the beautifully fashioned lyricism and depth of emotion of this work has kept it permanently in the repertoire. We were pleased to welcome the award winning Australian pianist Daniel de Borah to the STAG as our soloist for this performance.
The concert ended with another great and enduring work but one fashioned on a much larger scale, the Symphony No.2 by Sibelius. The composer had a wonderful gift for the noble theme and rarely did he deploy it better than here, alongside his great ability to meld all the strands of his invention into a supremely satisfying whole.
"As we have become accustomed to expect the orchestra were generous to their young soloist"
"Darrell Davison is a fine judge of the architecture of a piece, his pacing was impeccable"