“What perished must rise again”, in the words of Mahler’s Symphony No 2, Resurrection (1895), which launched Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s new season. Ligeti’s Lontano (1967), tiny repetitions creating sonic mist, was a smart prelude to the apocalyptic visions of Mahler. Celebrating his 10th anniversary as chief conductor, Kirill Karabits steered his colossal forces – choir, soloists (Nadine Weissmann and Lise Lindstrom) and musicians must have numbered 250 – with tight precision and vital sense of scale. At the redemptive finale, chorus, offstage bands, massed horns, trumpets, trombones, double timpani, harps, gongs, bells and all made the floor itself vibrate. Broadcast live on Radio 3.
Mahler’s Second Symphony opens the BSO Season: '...thundered in right from that thrusting opening phrase'.... read Geoff Brown's stunning review in The Times: 'none in the Bournemouth Symphony Chorus held back'
On 3rd and 4th May 2018, the BSC joined the Bruckner Orchestra of Linz under their conductor Markus Poschner for two performances of Mahler’s great Resurrection Symphony. The first took place before a packed house at the Cadogan Hall off London’s Sloane Square. The Chorus, with soloists Brigitte Geller and Theresa Kronthaler, and a huge orchestra including 10 horns, were greeted with a standing ovation and prolonged cheers at the end of the 90 minute work. The second performance was at the Hexagon in Reading, where an equally enthusiastic audience greeted the performance with another standing ovation.
"..two and a half hours of a glorious and joyous tour de force"
"An unforgettable evening.."
Read the tribute from Andy Martin in the Bournemouth Echo
"..formidable urgency and attack"
"..a magnificent performance"
"an afternoon of poignancy and emotion"
"bright, sophisticated, exotic and distinctive"
"a perfect showcase for both orchestra and wonderfully talented chorus"
"Frankly, it was easy to forget [The Bournemouth Symphony Chorus is] an amateur choir, their dynamic range, precision and enunciation were all first class, and they seemed to be enjoying themselves thoroughly as well. "
Will Frampton/Bournemouth Echo
(Please note that the orchestra, the Bournemouth Chamber Orchestra is wrongly referred to as the "BSO" and the "Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra" by the Echo's reviewer)
United Kingdom Beethoven, Bridge, Vaughan Williams: Ailish Tynan (soprano), Benedict Nelson (baritone), Bournemouth Symphony Chorus, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra / David Hill (conductor), Lighthouse, Poole 8.2.2017. (IL)
Beethoven – Calm Sea & Prosperous Voyage
Bridge – The Sea
Vaughan Williams – A Sea Symphony
Michael Kennedy, Vaughan Williams’ biographer, once said that A Sea Symphony was his favourite amongst RVW’s nine symphonies. Mine too; I could never tire of it. I was therefore eagerly anticipating this BSO performance. I was not disappointed. This epic work contrasts the real with the mystical. The opening movement is an exciting, salty salutation to all brave sailors, the second a nocturne as the baritone reflects on being on the beach alone at night, the third an exhilarating scherzo as sailors enjoy the winds and waves. But it is the large-scale mystical finale that for me makes or breaks a performance as Walt Whitman’s verses survey, with awe and wonder, the beauty and .... click here to read more
"Their singing was precise and thrilling in its control of expression and dynamics" Click HERE
"We almost take the excellence of the BSO for granted: it was great to be reminded of the excellence of the Chorus as well." Click HERE
"Bournemouth Symphony Chorus serve Brahms admirably well, but never more powerfully than in the exhilarating fourth movement, which is a joy to behold" Click HERE
"Amongst these gems were more popular works such as Star Carol by John Rutter, during which the Bournemouth Symphony Youth Chorus shone". Click HERE
"The combined might of some of the South West's finest choirs – Bournemouth Symphony Chorus, Bournemouth Symphony Youth Chorus and Bath Minerva Choir – joined forces with the highly talented Amadeus Orchestra to bring true justice to Mahler's masterpiece." Click HERE
Verdi Requiem Poole Lighthouse BSO/BSC/Kirill Karabits (6th May 2015) Daily Echo
"Led by Chorus Master Gavin Carr since 2009, the BS Chorus of around 150 singers were incredible to hear." Click HERE
"On a gloriously hot and sunny day... ...the BSO once again excelling themselves... ...given a vigorous account by the BSO and Chorus in which the full force of the Royal Albert Hall organ was not only heard, but felt." Click HERE
"The BSO and Chorus were on top form in the third stanza which was a delightful romp" Click HERE