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Organisations: London Symphony Orchestra


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Conducted with Humour

"IrOH RITCIIARD showed to the August II Promenade Concert. if he had not shown it already during the season, that he is a conductor of immense good humour. Using art to conceal art, he conducted the London Symphony Orchestra in the Strauss "Bourgeois Gentilhomme" Suite in such a way as to disguise this intricate musical charade as an exhibition of virtuoso buffoonery. Humour of a more sensitive kind

was also evident in the carefullyw r o u g ht Stravinsky "Divertimento".

Louis Kentner excelled in the second movement of the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto, and Barry Tucknell brought a complete technical mastery to bear on his expressive and noble interpretation of the Mozart Horn Concerto.


AST Wednesday's (August 8)

Promenade Concert opened in a gay mood with Mozart's overture to Don Giovanni

For lovers of contemporary music, Stravinsky's ballet "Aston' conducted by Norman Del Mar, was a welcome newcomer to the Proms, combining both diatonic and 12-note techniques and with a continual rhythmic interest. Tchaikovsky's Fantasia after Dante "Francesca da Rimini" ended the concert, violins describing the fierce winds by which the lovers were driven and sad oboe solos completing the scene which, Dante relates in the Inferno, so moved him that he fainted with

pity. C.C.

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