REVIEW: Philharmonic at Brighton Dome

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THERE was a beefy start to the 87th concert season of the Brighton Philharmonic on Sunday, when two Beethoven pieces and Brahms’ substantial Symphony No 4 delighted the Dome faithful.

The accomplished Phil, under the baton of music director Barry Wordsworth, were assisted by the superbly talented Dimension Trio for their rendering of Beethoven’s hugely enjoyable Triple Concerto for violin, cello and piano.

The three young virtuosos have appeared singly with the Phil over the last five years and on Sunday showcased their talents in one piece.

Pianist Anthony Hewitt has included among his mentors and teachers such icons as Alfred Brendel and Leon Fleisher, while Polish violinist Rafal Zambrzycki-Payne was BBC Young Musician of the Year winner in 1996.

The cello part was filled splendidly by the Welsh-born talent Thomas Carroll.

The programme opened with Beethoven’s Overture Fidelio and the second half comprised solely the Brahms, which featured prominently the BPO’s gifted flautist Christine Messiter.

The unseasonably delightful weather outside no doubt contributed to quite a few empty seats but I, for one, cannot wait for the second offering on October 23 when Messiter and the equally accomplished principal oboe Alun Darbyshire go front of stage for Albinoni’s Oboe Concerto and Vivaldi’s Double Concerto for Oboe and Flute.

As if that was not enough to tempt the tastebuds, there is also Haydn’s Symphony No 82 (Bear) and Mozart’s crowning masterpiece Symphony No 41.

It promises to be another memorable season at the Dome.

Chris Francis