Bournemouth Symphony comes to Bristol

Karabits kicks off Colston Hall’s classical season


The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra opened its season with a bang last Thursday with a performance of Holst’s The Planets. The military rhythms and dramatic percussion of ‘Mars, the bringer of war’ crashed their way brutally into Bristol’s Colston Hall and the sound seemed to dwarf conductor Kirill Karabits and his orchestra.

Colston Hall was near-full for the BSO’s first visit of the season and the launch of the Hall’s 2012/13 classical programme. The Bristol audience was rewarded, first, with a sprightly, taut performance of Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony that was brimful of playful energy.

But it was the second half that really took off with a break-neck performance of The Planets. While not all of the movements flourished at Karabits’s rocket tempos – the majestic hymn tune of ‘Jupiter’ could have been broader – the likes of ‘Mars’ and ‘Uranus, the Magician’ were simply thrilling.

In this opening concert we got both a demonstration of the orchestra’s chamber credentials in the reduced string orchestra’s performance of Mozart’s exquisite Jupiter Symphony and the all-horns-blazing full symphony orchestra in the Holst. This was a smart piece of programming, not only because these two stalwarts of the classical music canon will have tempted many people new to the orchestra to buy a ticket, but also because the concert showcased the BSO’s breadth of repertoire. Other concerts this season include performances of Stravinsky’s The Firebird Suite, Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and Bridge’s Enter Spring.

Karabits and the BSO are next in Bristol on 29 November with a programme of Shostakovich, Britten and Prokofiev – and if their opener is anything to go by, it’ll be well worth hearing. Colston Hall’s Classical season also includes visits from the LPO (14 October), Dresden Philharmonic (28 October) and the Philharmonia Orchestra (9 December).

Go to the Colston Hall website for more information.

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