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De Montfort Hall – Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Rock Me Amadeus (Michael Collins style)

If you are a listener to Classic FM, then you will be no stranger to Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto In A (2nd Movement). It’s been played more often than I’ve had hot dinners. Like radio jingles permanently etched in my head, I had to be so careful that I didn’t start singing along to the clarinet. Now THAT would have been embarrassing.
Virtuoso Michael Collins projected such harmonious eye and finger movements that he enchanted the audience like rats to the Pied Piper. I believe that if ITV ever decided to produce “Classical Music Idol” in an attempt to boost up classical music sales, Michael Collins would definitely have made it to the final four. Most impressive.
The second piece of the evening was to be Symphony No.5 in D minor by Dmitri Shostakovich. I have to confess that I have never heard of this composer, let alone the piece of music. Unfamiliarity made me prejudgmental and sceptical that this would be rather an anti-climax to the evening’s proceedings. As it turned out, I couldn’t have been further from the truth. My senses were awoken by a kaleidoscope of sounds from a whole spectrum of instruments, and the whole thing was reminiscent of Vaughn Williams’ “Pastoral Symphony”. This beautiful, romantic piece was a remarkable way to finish the show, and I for one will be hotfooting it down to the local record stores to add this work of genius to my collection as soon as I can.

Reviewed by Lucy Bartholomew

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