St Magnus Festival review

THE NORWEGIAN Radio Orchestra is not a frequent visitor to the UK, but after their final performance at the St Magnus International Festival, listeners will be hoping they become so. Opening with excerpts from Peer Gynt by their compatriot Grieg was always going to be a winner. Yet their conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya also ensured this well-known piece was magnificent rather than corny, especially during the famous first movement, Morning Mood. Of course, he was well supported by his musicians: Jake Mendis-Fridkis produced utter sweetness during his opening solo, matched by Trygve Aarvik’s response on the oboe.

Read the full review on The Herald.

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