Sunday, April 19, 2009

JR [lucky chap] was at the last Dudamel South Bank concert

The Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra was simply wonderful ! 3 South American
pieces before the interval, all of which were very 'accessible', and then
came 'Rite of Spring' (possibly less accessible even these days, but simply
great in the concert hall) .. and then FOUR encores, including a sublime
'Nimrod' from 'Enigma Variations' !

If I tell you that there were a total of 64 violins & violas plus 16 cellos
and 14 double bass you can imagine the wonderful sound and volume. The
timpani section in 'Rite' 'bashed' their socks off !

Highlights from this concert on Classic FM, Saturday 2 May at 3pm

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