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Concert review: SSO already at ease in first concert at the newly renovated Victoria Concert Hall

Published on Jul 16, 2014 4:21 PM

The question at the top of the minds of all present at this first concert at the newly renovated Victoria Concert Hall (VCH) must surely have been: "How does it sound?" In brief, it sounded very good and there is every reason to believe that it will sound even better in the months and years to come.

Kelly Tang's short Capriccio For Orchestra was commissioned for this opening. Highly listenable and colourful, as is typically the case with Tang's music, it had perhaps too many ideas fighting for attention in the five minutes of the work.

First impressions of the SSO playing in the new acoustic were positive, with excellent support for basses and woodwinds, good clarity and even tone balance.

Four SSO principals, co-leader Lynnette Seah on violin, Ng Pei-Sian on cello, Rachel Walker on oboe and Zhang Jin Min on bassoon were soloists in Haydn's Sinfonia Concertante. This was a late work by Haydn, written for a fairly large orchestra, and conductor Shui Lan and the soloists took an elegant, Mozartean approach to the work.

The Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO) performing officially for the first time at the refurbished Victoria Concert Hall on July 15, following its four-year restoration. -- ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG
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