Review of The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s concert featuring conductor Charles Dutoit and ‘cello soloist Gautier Capuçon in the Cambridge Corn Exchange on the first of April 2016

review Camb cellist Capucon, Gautier1 16This ‘Cambridge Live’ first birthday celebration concert can be summarized in two words: ‘positively exquisite’. Under the baton of favoured conductor, Charles Dutoit, the orchestra shone. Such beautiful resonant sound, such fine precision: – in musicality, rhythm, articulation and emotional intensity is rarely heard. It was no wonder the packed audience was transfixed.

The concert included a vibrant performance of ‘Eugene Onegin: Polonaise’ by Tchaikovsky, a very moving interpretation of Dvořák’s ‘Cello Concerto in B minor op 104’ and a most tasteful, eloquent and potent presentation of the very familiar ‘Symphony No.9, ‘From the New World’’ by Dvořák.

The ‘cello soloist, Gautier Capuçon, was wonderful, playing the concerto with profound passion and unswerving technique. He, the conductor and orchestra played as ‘one’. Every subtle nuance within the varied musical texture was fully explored, developed and clarified by these magnificent performers. The concert ended with the expected rousing applause and frequent curtain calls. You are advised to book early for future events featuring these talented musicians.review 1 Apr 16 Camb Charles Dutoit June 2010 cmyk (c) Robert Taylor website_0

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