The Philharmonia Orchestra - Chichester Festivities – Chichester Cathedral

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The most famous concerto ever written for the cello was the major work in Philharmonia Orchestra’s Cathedral concert for the Festivities.

In a wonderful and spontaneous performance of Antonin Dvorak’s masterpiece, Cello Concerto in B minor Russian cellist Mikhail Nemsov created the lyrical quality and deep beauty of the work.

Beleiving that the cello was not an appropriate instrument, Dvorak had been reluctant to write a concerto for cello but Nemsov’s exempenary version proved how wrong he was. The young cellist captivated the packed audience with the warmth and passion of his playing. This magnificent masterwork was brilliantly accompanied by the Philharmonia Orchestra under the direction of

Nicholas Collon.

Brahms intended Symphony no 2 in D minor to be a happy and cheerful symphony – and that is exactly the mood successfully conveyed by Nicolas Conlon and the Philharmonia Orchestra.

Although sensitive and gentle it was certainly a commanding performance with the horn and string sections making a vital contribution.

The bright adagio and triumphant finale were clearly the exciting parts of the symphony and were captured beautifully by the musicians.

Mendelssohn’s Fingal’s Cave from his Hebrides overture never fails to excite. The Philharmonia Orchestra gave a version packed with emotional force and expression showing the wave’s mighty storm dying away the gentle lapping of the sea.

Graham Hewitt