Sol Gabetta
drives BMW

Next Concert:

Thu 18.10.2018


A small smattering of wind and brass joined their fellows before Sol Gabetta swept onto the platform. Clad in flame red, she proceeded to give an equally fiery reading of Saint-Saëns’ romantic First Cello Concerto in an effective chamber reduction by David Walter. The 34-year-old cellist displayed a clean tone and muscular technique, biceps rippling as she wrangled her instrument. As a player she’s never indulgent, but equally she’s never detached, always in the moment. Perfectly attuned to the BCO, she allowed the performance to broaden out when required, enabling her to plunge into the intensity of the busy solo part, always sure of being sensitively supported by her colleagues. The segue into the second movement’s graceful minuet was magically handled, and here Gabetta’s cantabile playing was a dream. Equally remarkable was the shift into the thrilling finale with its long, sentimental cello melody taking the players to a place where the sense of shared joy in music making was palpable. This was a brilliant reading full off dazzling fast passagework by an artist who combines intense musicality with a passionate, engaging presence.

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- Limelight Magazine, Clive Paget , 30.11.2015