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Orchestraof the Swan Strauss/Ravel review

STRAUSS AND RAVEL WONDERFUL PROGRAMME-PARTNERS

ORCHESTRA OF THE SWAN
The Courtyard, Hereford *****
Adding Hereford's Courtyard to Orchestra of the Swan's regular schedule touring out of Stratford seems to be proving a win-win both for audiences and orchestra. I bumped into several players dining in the excellent restaurant pre-concert, and they seemed to be in holiday mood.
Not that there was anything casual in their performance of this brilliantly-conceived programme (whether by accident or design, all four works were valedictory, but, because of the stylistic differences between the two composers involved, never cloying).
Ravel framed the evening, beginning with his orchestration of his poignant little piano piece Pavane pour une Infante Defunte. This was delivered with such warmth and affection under Michael Seal's direction, and the vibrato of the opening horn solo was perfectly appropriate, virtually specified in the composer's score.
Another Ravel transfe…

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