Benedetti’s Brahms with RSNO “stunning” and “impressive”

Benedetti’s Brahms with RSNO “stunning” and “impressive”

Peter Oundjian led the Royal Scottish National Orchestra program Tuesday at the Kravis Center with Nicola Benedetti as soloist.

Review: Royal Scottish National Orchestra concert worth the wait
Palm Beach Daily News
By Marcio Bezerra
March 15, 2017

Three romantic composers with very different styles and techniques were heard Tuesday in the Royal Scottish National Orchestra program at the Kravis Center.

Led by Peter Oundjian, whose energetic style was seen last season when he led the Toronto Symphony, the centenary ensemble started the evening with Aleksandr Borodin’s Overture to Prince Igor.

A composer whose brand of romanticism shows great deference to the past, Brahms wrote music that looked forward (his motivic variation technique) and backward (his reliance on counterpoint and sonata form) at the same time. The result is a highly personal style, with a fascinating tension between emotion and self-control.

This is clearly heard in his violin concerto, which shuns away from the virtuosic display in favor of a more intimate take on the genre. Indebted to the baroque concerto grosso, this is a work in which soloist and orchestra have equal importance.

Joined by stunning violinist Nicola Benedetti, the Royal Scottish Orchestra gave an authoritative reading. Benedetti’s muscular tone and solid technique were impressive, and the musical rapport between her and Oundjian was obvious throughout the performance.

It took 35 years for the Royal Scottish National Orchestra to return for an American tour. And, as the audience at the Kravis Center heard Tuesday, the wait was well worth it.

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