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Misha’s Gang (Russian String Orchestra)

By | Published on Saturday 12 August 2017

Professional chamber music of the highest standard possible; this would not have disappointed even the pickiest festival-goer. The repertoire varies each time, consisting of popular works by famous composers, and today the program included Rossini, Dvořák and Richard Strauss. What really made the show for me was the solo double bass and orchestra piece by Bottisini, ‘La Molinara’; the degree of difficulty was extraordinary, with lots of harmonics and playing close to the bridge – not a usual double bass part at all but rather written for a virtuoso. These Russian musicians played with verve, style and attack, most notably in Brahms’ ‘Hungarian Dance No. 5’. This concert was an unashamed crowd pleaser!

Space Triplex and theSpace @ Surgeon’s Hall, until 26 Aug.
tw rating 5/5 | [Louise Rodgers]