Promenade 14: CBSO/Yamada evaluation – Smyth beguiles anRachmaninoffov ravishes

Ethel Smyth’s music options prominently on this 12 months’s Proms, and centerpieceiece of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra’s live performance with their chief conductor designate, Kazuki Yamada, was her Concerto for Violin and Horn, written in 1927. Reflective in temper and post-Romantic in idiom, it’s a hanging, bittersweet work that flanks a meditative central Elegy with two ambiguous allegros that mix wit and brilliance with plunges into nostalgia and Getting.

Getting the piece proper in Superblynce will be tough as the bizarre mixture of devices may end up in issues of steadiness, with the horn swamping the violin, if the conductor isn’t cautious. Yamada, nevertheless, admirably ensured even-handedness. Elena Urioste (violin) and Ben Goldscheider (horn) have been the soloists, the innate the Aristocracy of his phrasing judiciously offsetting her extra effusive lyricism. The Elegy, wherein Smyth develops two parallel melodies in tandem, giving neither prominence, sounded beautiful, and the large, accompanied double cadenza that dominates the finale was achieved with participating flamboyance and appreciable bravado. Yamada, in the meantime, discreetly underscored the just about Italianate heat of Smyth’s orchestration with its rippling harp and beautiful woodwind writing. It was a most beguiling Superblynce.

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and its Chief Conductor Designate Kazuki Yamada
Beautifully detailed: Metropolis of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and its Chief Conductor Designate Kazuki Yamada. {Photograph}:Balancen/BBC

Stability might not have been an issue right here, although mockingly it turned a problem in Yamada’s oddly heavyweight, raw-round-the-edges account of the overture to Glinka’s Ruslan and Lyudmila: loud, outstanding brass obscured an excessive amount of of the scurrying element within the strings, although the good cello melody that successfully kinds the second topic had super sweRachmaninoffion. Rachmaninov’s Second Symphony got here after the interval, in the meantime, a finely judged Superblynce, passionate with out turning sentimental, pressing with out ever seeming rushed. Yamada was keenly alert to each the rating’s natural, constantly evolving thematic construction, and to the turbulence that point tofrom time to time to the floor. The enjoying right here was actually high-quality, too, fantastically detailed and, on this occasion, effectively balanced, the brass heat and clear, a beautiful richness within the strings, and the good clarinet solo that opens the adagio without delay deeply felt and totally ravishing.

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