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Bringuier's Memorable 2010 Proms Debut Issued on DVD

Magazine article Gramophone

Bringuier's Memorable 2010 Proms Debut Issued on DVD

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'Live at the Royal Albert Hall' (GC) (DVD-V) (BLU)

Berlioz Le corsaire, Op 21 (a) Chopin Piano Concerto No 2, Op 21 (b) Gluck Orfeo ed Euridice--Dance of the Blessed Spirits (trans Sgambati)c Ravel Daphnis et Chloe--Suite No 2 (a) Roussel Symphony No 3, Op 42 (a) (bc) Nelson Freire pf (ab) BBC Symphony Orchestra / Lionel Bringuier Bel Air Classiques (F) (DVD-V) (BLU) AC079; (F) [F] BAC479 (95' * NTSC * 16:9 * DD5.1 & PCM stereo * 0) Recorded live at the Royal Albert Hall, London, August 12, 2010

He looks hardly old enough to have started shaving but, lo, the flash of a smile, an energised swing of the shoulders from the 26-year-old Lionel Bringuier and we hurtle off into Le corsaire'. Towards the conclusion of the overture, the cameras catch a couple of string players smiling with pleasure. You might catch yourself doing the same.

Nelson Freire is the soloist in Chopin's F minor Concerto, one of his favourites. The least flashy of virtuosos, he conjures up a phenomenal palette of colours by the most economical means. I would urge anyone to hear this performance with Bringuier. The slow movement is mesmerising, with lovely contributions from the solo bassoon (Graham Sheen). Freire seems to do less than anybody else while saying much more, something he repeats in the Gluck-Sgambati encore. You may find your eyes, like mine, unaccountably burning.

The second half is very much the orchestra's and young maestro's showcase, opening with Roussel's Third Symphony from 1930, a Koussevitzky commission to celebrate the Boston Symphony Orchestra's 50th anniversary. Roussel is one of those composers who does not fall into any convenient category, one reason, perhaps, why his music in general and this hugely assured and unpredictable four-movement symphony in particular are heard so infrequently (this was only its fourth Proms outing). Bringuier's crisp, expressive technique is ideally suited to it. …

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