The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra made their Proms debut this evening as part of a whirlwind European tour including Edinburgh, Amsterdam and Copenhagen. And if this evening's concert is a guide they should have a wild reception. The sold out house, with lines around many a block by the Albert Hall, were thrilled by spectacular performances of orchestra virtuoso works R Strauss' Don Juan and Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique - and sensitive partnership with Truls Mørk in Elgar's cello concerto.
This was a wonderful evening of unabashed romanticism - and Andrew Davis is a complete master of the orchestra in this repertory - as he is in much else. His skill and inspiration brought out the exceptional best from this splendid orchestra, the woodwinds, horns and other brass bringing personality as well as complete technical accomplishment to the party. They have special players in each section and of course the principal oboe had the opportunity to shine brightest of all.
They are fortunate to have Andrew, and Andrew is fortunate to have such a remarkable team. It looks like the beginning of a great period for all concerned.
Altogether a most satisfying evening!\