"the gross and scope of my opinion ..." Hamlet I,1.
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 !