Review: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra at Portsmouth Guildhall

Experience some rarely played chamber pieces at Portsmouth Guildhall

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New season, new guest conductor – but the quality from the BSO remained as high as ever.

The players certainly produced the goods for Mexican maestro Carlos Prieto, some even letting rip with hearty wordless vocals in a vividly rhythmic performance of Manuel de Falla’s Three-Cornered Hat Suite.

The slow movement emerged magically from the orchestral mists, with time seemingly standing still

And none could fail to respond to Russian-born, Israel-based Boris Giltburg’s unostentatious yet dazzling playing in Rachmaninov’s second piano concerto.

Some might have found him too cool at the start, but he made the point that any crescendo is only as effective as the quality of the original pianissimo.

The slow movement emerged magically from the orchestral mists, with time seemingly standing still, and the finale’s bravura was delightfully offset by the violas’ singing melody.

Orchestral pianist Samantha Carrasco seemed embarrassed at being dragged forward for applause at the end – but she deserved it.