BBCNOW offers a French outing

More than any of its dissimilarities may suggest in the last 150 years French music from different eras has more common ground.  That it only has to have a concert like this to illustrate the point is so obliviously true from Fuare to Henri Dutilleux by way of Debussy and Ravel.

In performances of elegance and exceptional immediacy it was done convincing by the ranks of BBCNOW and chorus under the tutelage of principal conductor Thierry Fischer. A violin concerto, not as we know, was preformed when Olivier Charlier, French violinist joined for Dutilleux;s L’Arbre des Songes as the mood had been suggested in Faure’e Pavane.

The concerto is more identified with Charlier recently even though it is dedicated to Isaac Stern, so there was no surprise to see him with a score even though is was just a memory aid.

He obviously was not sight reading as he turned the pages. Just the same since it is the soloists innate way of convergence with the orchestra and it is the own reproduction of the sounds which meet it. Particularly well done were the percussive interludes. The last test was to find the longing for a past never to be restored so normal in the music of Ravel.