Flights of fancy: Niquet and the Brussels Phil soar in César Franck

Fauré, Schumann, Franck ***

Hervé Niquet © Eric Manas

Hervé Niquet
© Eric Manas

Brussels Philharmonic/Niquet, Cadogan Hall, 27th May 2016

Fledglings nervously poised for take-off will perch on the edge of their nest, flexing gangly legs, bobbing heads, stretching their wings before launching into the air. Perhaps Hervé Niquet is a keen ornithologist, for his conducting shares many of these attributes. Towering over the podium, he bounces and sways, arms soaring and swooping, the back of his black, sequinned frock-coat flicking like extravagant tail feathers. Under his hawkish eye, the Brussels Philharmonic followed obediently in an evening that only really took flight in the Symphony in D minor by their compatriot, César Franck.

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