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An orchestra like this, stylishly and enthusiastically led by the American conductor David Charles Abell, makes all the difference in bringing out the color and tension of Mr. Sondheim’s highly charged, arrestingly detailed score. The New York Times
It would be hard to imagine a better musical performance... Conductor David Charles Abell led a nuanced account of this complex score, obtaining playing of depth and beauty. Balance between pit and stage can be tricky... but singers were always audible (even in the noisiest moments), and solo playing was glorious.
The BBC Symphony Orchestra and conductor David Charles Abell wowed us with a concert that was intelligently programmed, lavishly resourced, carefully rehearsed, and carried off with terrific brio.