I came in half way through the Fantasy and I played "spot the composer". It sounds familiar but is it? (I did hear the fantasy when it was on the Proms)
Tchaikovsky Fantasy is one of the works I came up with.
As for how good it is- I've only hear dit properly once- but remember it isn't a piano concerto!
Would have liked to hear the Borodin 2 -quite liked this one back in the day when I first heard it.
Enjoyed the 1812 but I did think it was being played too fast. Still good though! (its twinned with Serenade for Strings which Tchaikovsky thought was a lot better)
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Mrs. PG and I were at this concert. It was our first trip to the Bridgewater Hall and we very much enjoyed the surroundings and the performance. We thought the orchestra played well - they certainly didn't look tired. In fact, they were a more enthusiastic collection of musicians than our own RSNO can be.
The hall itself was only slightly more than half full (I suspect it would have been more had the first piano concerto been on the programme) but the audience seemed enthusiastic and it was nice to see all these young children enjoying themselves. (AND being made to feel welcome by both musicians and audience!)
We're really looking forward to a return visit.
We loved the hall (with very helpful staff) and the bust of the late, great, Sir John outside was super.
I see Sir Mark is talking to Andrew McGregor tomorrow moring on CD Review.