This was a busy week-end for Maxime Tortelier and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, with two back-to-back concerts and two different programmes. The Saturday concert was the first of several “Classical Extravaganzas” that will run through the summer. It included many a popular tune, from Rossini’s Thieving Magpie to Gershwin’s Girl Crazy. Mike Allen of the Portsmouth News describes a “sonically stunning show” in which “Maxime Tortelier secured playing of brilliance but also depth”.
The Sunday concert was a special occasion for the members of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, as it was the annual fundraising event of their own Benevolent Fund. Maxime gladly agreed to take part in this concert, as did soloist Chloë Hanslip who delivered a “stunning performance” of Mendelssohn’s violin concerto in the words of Andy Martin, of the Daily Echo. Also in the programme was Glinka’s overture to Ruslan and Ludmila, and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, of which Andy Martin writes: “1001 nights. Four movements. One amazing performance” by “the charismatic Maxime Tortelier” and the BSO.