There's a fascinating moto perpetuo
which eventually fragments with some dynamic percussion and woodwind playing.
But in this selection of Debussy Preludes Bebbington also showed himself capable of instant creation of atmosphere, as at the very opening with Voiles, crisp chordal articulation combining with pedalled mistiness, Prokofiev's wartime Seventh Sonata exploded with anger and ferocity in the opening movement's combination of tarantella and goosestep and the finale's barbarous moto perpetuo
. Between, Bebbington brought a symphonic depth of utterance to the otherwordly andante.
This performance was full of character from seething waspish moto perpetuo
passages in the second movement, to faultless horn and lugubrious solo from leader Rowan Bell.
A few, however, are different, like the well-crafted Chaconne in D minor, which injects a welcome touch of drama to the set, and the Scherzo in D major, an invigorating moto perpetuo
that immediately grabs one's attention, then loses it in a middle section of yet more meandering country-lane pleasantness.
A Shostakovich-like oompah fairground sequence is followed by an enchanting section where otherworldly chords in the manner of Messiaen float over a baroque-style bass owing something to Pachelbel, and the final part of the triptych is a jazzy little moto perpetuo
bopping away into the reverberation chambers.
Smetana From my Homeland/ Kocian Spring Song/ Dvorak Mazurek Op 49, Drdla Czech Serenade/Novacek Moto perpetuo
, Fibich Poem/ Korngold Much Ado About Nothing - Suite op.
A shimmering moto perpetuo
finale gave us spine-tingling true Sibelius, played with precision and expertise.
His opening movement, with its gorgeously unwinding melody, sang full-throatedly (a richness of tone surely pointing to Elgar); some contrasting dancing bow-work prepared the way for the finale's moto perpetuo
which found Trusler's technique in dazzling form.
Like the Mahler, it claims an equilibrium between form and content, though the ear remains aware of only a moto perpetuo
of unrelenting energy passing through great instrumental blocks of sound.
In this moto perpetuo
where the slightest mishap could sabotage a whole chain of cues the players are so mutually dependent; conductor Paul Herbert marshals events discreetly and magnificently.