BVS Members’ Reviews
British Viola Society Members’ Reviews
12 November 2013 : London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Valery Gergiev.
BERLIOZ Overture: Benvenuto Cellini
BERLIOZ : The Death of Cleopatra
BERLIOZ : Harold in Italy for Viola and Orchestra
Antoine Tamestit joined the Orchestra for Harold in Italy’s famous solo viola role.
BVS Student member, Alistair Rutherford writes:
From the moment Antoine Tamestit laid foot on the stage of the Barbican Hall he brought about an aura of control and command. Harold in Italy was the finale of the series and the whole performance took the audience through the journey of Harold from the Mountains to the Love scene with great conviction. Tamestits control of the Viola was immaculate and his range of dynamics and colours were flawless. He conveyed the sense of programmatic material in Berlioz’s music which brought about a theatrical and emotional performance.
The London Symphony Orchestra never lost focus or direction at any point during the concert, providing inspiring fortissimo dynamics to personal dolce passages. The communication between Gergiev, the section leaders and the rest of the sections was top quality, with no directions from the maestro being missed. The whole audience was encapsulated by the raw musicianship on display and this was a top quality display of communication, theatre and talent.