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Seeing is Believing, Aurora Orchestra via Guardian Online Live Stream | reviews, news & interviews

Seeing is Believing, Aurora Orchestra via Guardian Online Live Stream

Seeing is Believing, Aurora Orchestra via Guardian Online Live Stream

Muhly's concerto stargazes vacantly in an otherwise electrifying programme

Few stars for Nico Muhly's new electric-violin concerto

Its advertised centre of gravity, a concerto specially commissioned from affable whiz-kid Nico Muhly, turned out weightless, and not in a good way. Yet the programming of the Aurora Orchestra's latest adventure showed us why the Arts Council were right to fund this young and dynamic constellation. OK, so I'd have been happiest with a whole evening of Hindemith Kammermusik rather than one movement. But for the new generation of pick-and-mix onliners, the seven eclectic works on the bill couldn't have been more enticing, thanks to the iron fist of velvet-glove live stream presenter-conductor Nicholas Collon.

Its advertised centre of gravity, a concerto specially commissioned from affable whiz-kid Nico Muhly, turned out weightless, and not in a good way. Yet the programming of the Aurora Orchestra's latest adventure showed us why the Arts Council were right to fund this young and dynamic constellation. OK, so I'd have been happiest with a whole evening of Hindemith Kammermusik rather than one movement. But for the new generation of pick-and-mix onliners, the seven eclectic works on the bill couldn't have been more enticing, thanks to the iron fist of velvet-glove live stream presenter-conductor Nicholas Collon.

Seeing is Believing came to feel more like stargazy pie: a lot of fisheyes staring vacantly into empty air

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