“MELODIC Magic, the BSO’s title for this first concert under its new collaboration with Classic FM, is spot on.
Jamie Crick, replete with electronic notepad-bringing a touch of 21st century modernity to what was a lovely, old-fashioned concert- provided the informative introductions.
Mozart, among the greatest masters of melody, clearly understood the sound-world of the basset clarinet, used here to gorgeous effect by soloist Timothy Orpen.
The Clarinet Concerto is among the best-loved and Orpen’s performance was the epitome of suave, lucidity; producing a rich lower register and distinctive tonal values.
Where the first movement was cheerfully flowing, the contrasting Adagio brought a liquid beauty to its romantic core.
His articulate finale engaged the operatic character and witty infusions with a real sense of joy.”