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Mussorgsky masterpiece launches season

Alf McCreary

This season's opening lunchtime concert featured a wide range of music under guest conductor Roberto Gonzalez-Monjas.

It began with a lively version of Modest Mussorgsky's well-known Night On A Bald (or Bare) Mountain. This extraordinary work saw orchestra and conductor bring it to its peaceful end with consummate skill.

In contrast, Claude Debussy's Petite Suite had fewer fireworks.

The final work was Manuel de Falla's 1915 opera-ballet Love, the Magician. Award-winning mezzo-soprano Margaret Bridge was in fine voice, though at times she was somewhat overshadowed by the full orchestra.

The most memorable piece was the Ritual Fire Dance for which the work is best known, and Maestro Gonzalez-Monjas and the orchestra made the very best of it.

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