A beguiling evening of exotic spice from the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Debussy, Lalo, Rimsky-Korsakov: Soumm; Bournemouth SO/Gaffigan *****

The Anvil, Basingstoke, 5th May 2017

At this season’s Grange Festival, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra is in the pit for Annabel Arden’s new production of Carmen. The first half of this concert could easily have been a rehearsal. Beneath the garish burnt orange panels of Basingstoke’s Anvil, violinist Alexandra Soumm, dressed in a striking scarlet gown which would grace any traditional staging of Bizet’s classic, was the soloist in Lalo’s Symphonie espagnole. Her reading was boldly operatic, from earthy mezzo G-string recitatives to coquettish teasing.

Alexandra Soumm
© Benjamin Ealovega

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