Royal Albert Hall, London • 2018-08-25 • 19:30
Pure, unadulterated bliss, about as wildly enjoyable as the legendary 1992 concert, which also featured the London Symphony Orchestra in Olympic form.
Same concert version with narration… although the narrator’s name is nowhere to be found in the programme. [I finally found it when I watched the TV broadcast, his name is Kerry Shale.]
Very good cast, but the acoustics of the hall is not great for voices, even with amplification. However, I was in the “golden area” in the side stalls where the sound of the orchestra comes across beautifully. I swooned repeatedly upon hearing what I consider to be Bernstein’s most blissful score (on a par, maybe, with Wonderful Town).
Chorus and secondary roles were provided by a bunch of talented ArtsEd students. Their joy at being a part of such an event was obvious (especially the guy in the short-sleeved red shirt in the last row)… and contributed to making the concert even more special.
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