Rory Macdonald conducts the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic

22 June 2021

Rory Macdonald has made his successful debut with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, conducting Wagner's Siegfried Idyll and Dvořák's Cello Concerto with Sheku Kanneh-Mason.

"[Dvorak’s Cello Concerto] was a performance shimmering with purpose; after the opening movement came a boldly lyrical adagio with its lament for Dvorak’s lost love through her favourite song Leave Me Alone, and a playful final allegro – playfulness replicatedin energetic playing from the Phil (with conductor Rory Macdonald literally bouncing on the box) which practically leapt off the screen.
[Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll] was a delicate, intimate piece of music making with plenty of starring moments for woodwind – oboist Jonathan Small and Helen Wilson on flute among them - and French horn, and with Macdonald shaping a series of burnished crescendos on the way to a radiant sunrise motif of three rising notes.”

Arts City Liverpool****1/2

You can watch the performance here On Demand from 1st June 2021 for 30 days.

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