Kirill Karabits, the BSO and the mighty heart of the Austrian-German musical tradition. What a great team! These inspiring performances delighted a packed Concert Hall at the Poole Lighthouse on Wednesday, and were no doubt much enjoyed on Radio 3 and BBC Sounds.
Joining the orchestra, multi-award-winning American pianist Jeremy Denk performed a notably classy Mendelssohn Piano Concerto No 1. His performance was full of bounce and vigour, but also substance which came from the beauty of the playing. In place of the work advertised to follow, Mr Denk and the orchestra reprised the last movement – even faster if possible than the first time round. This was quite a ride.
Prefacing the Mendelssohn was Symphony 102 by Haydn. This music clicked with Beethoven’s First Symphony, heard here a couple of weeks ago. Mr Karabits has a way of judging repertoire of this period perfectly. It sparkled but was not pushed over the edge into pure display.
Concluding a memorable evening, Schubert’s Symphony No 5 came over with the intimacy of chamber music. The musicianship of these players, their experience as a team playing together every week, and their evident rapport with the Chief Conductor produced a marvellously integrated and harmonious sound. The audience seemed drawn deeply into this score, delighted by its delicate and sophisticated realisation.
Poole audiences are familiar with the BSO’s assurance in the giants of the later repertoire – we look forward eagerly to Elektra in a month’s time – but here music on a smaller scale emphasised just how adroit this orchestra is.