Thursday 5th June 2014 at 2.15pm
Symphony Hall, Birmingham +44 (0)121 345 0600
Laurence Jackson director / violin
Once upon a time, serenades were played in the open air. This afternoon, you’ll almost feel the summer sunshine as the CBSO’s leader Laurence Jackson becomes first amongst equals in some of the loveliest music ever penned for a pocket-sized orchestra. Tchaikovsky’s endless melodies and Grieg’s mock-baroque revels frame the teenage Mozart’s most perfect violin concerto; timeless elegance, gentle humour, and tune after tune after tune. All you have to do is relax!
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Review by Christopher Morley, Birmingham Post:
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… “The Serenade had been preceded by the swaying textures of Dvorak’s tiny, little-known Nocturne, and the programme had begun with Grieg’s endearing Holberg Suite, making us immediately aware of this ensemble’s capacity to deliver, clarity, transparency (I heard here marvels in Grieg’s deployment of the string orchestra I’d never noticed before) and a huge range of sonorities and dynamics.
All of this had been performed with the players standing. They only became seated, plus a neat little wind section, when Laurence Jackson took centre stage as soloist/director of Mozart’s G major Violin Concerto. His reading was urbane but never limp-wristed, his endearing diffidence of manner put spotlight on his perfection of tone and intonation, and the relaxed ease of his bowing.
And natural, unflashy body-language testified to immense trust in his attentive colleagues. There were smiles all round throughout this lovely concert.”