RSNO & Peter Oundjian, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

Peter Oundjian
The Scotsman

It was, in fact, the most natural and relaxed performance I've heard from the partnership of the RSNO and its musical director Peter Oundjian. He allowed the Fauré, with its whiff of ancient melodies, to breathe and sigh like a living organism. And with such ace cards as Katherine Bryan's sultry, intoxicating flute solos, the peaceful, untroubled mood was magically captured.

The Dvorak concerto, in which the Czech composer translated the folksy spirit of his Slavonic Dances successes into the symphonic high ground, was equally honest in presentation, thanks largely to the refined virtuosity, at some points restraining presence, of Italian-born violinist Augustin Hadelich.

He doesn't make a huge sound on his Stradivarius, which very occasionally led to the orchestra over-dominating the texture. But by and large, Hadelich's refined presentation and anchored gait tempered the work's bubbly exuberance with controlled excitement, all satisfyingly to its benefit.

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