'An all-around brilliant concert' - Review Praise for OAO's 'From the Depths'

An excerpt from the review:

‘For me, the Tchaikovsky was also where strings particularly shone, filling Tchaikovsky’s long, lyrical lines to the brim with emotion. Their sound was committed, warm and intense when it needed to be. Thus, I was substantially moved by their playing, and in disbelief that this sense of fullness was created by a string section of no more than 8 desks per part! Symphony No.4 can feel long and tiresome if not enough is put into it, particularly with the 1st movement’s massive Exposition. And yet there was no yawning or looking down at watches in the audience as we were carried away by the musical drama that ensued. The second movement was sensitively executed and included some stunning solos from Emily Crichton (oboe) and Bruce Parris (bassoon), whilst the strings had great fun with the lighter, pizzicato 3rd movement. In general, though, the winds seemed quite at times: either they could have sung their lines more or the strings could have given them more room to flourish. As for the Russian festive finale, I was blown away by how polished the fast scalic passages were, the precision of tuning and the overwhelming energy from every single member of the OAO.’

Hannah Schneider