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Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra's winter programme featuring Min-Jung

Published Date 26 October 2009

ONCE again the Brighton Philharmonic were right on top of their game in the second of the 11-concert winter programme at The Dome. Nowhere was that better illustrated than in their performance of Bizet's Symphony in C that ended the four-piece show on Sunday, October 25.

The strings expertly performed some testing runs and musical director Barry Wordsworth could barely disguise his delight at the end.

It was clear, by the somewhat muted response to Butler's Fin de Siecle from the usually generous Dome faithful, that this particular modern piece was not to the taste of everyone, but at only seven minutes in length, it represented only one-eleventh of the musical content.

The concert could hardly have had a jollier start than that provided by the Phil's rendition of Rossini's The Italian Girl in Algiers.

Rossini could certainly write a good tune and this piece gave principal oboe Dan Bates a chance to showcase his talents, for the first but certainly not the last time during the afternoon.

This was followed by Mendelssohn's Concerto in D Minor for Violin and Piano, where the soloists were Min-Jung Kym and Sergey Levitin. The playing of the piece written by a 14-year-old Mendelssohn was impeccable and there seems no doubt that young pianist Kym is destined for the big-time.

By Chris Francis

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