Bournemouth SO/Brabbins review – energy, panache and a rarity discovered

Lighthouse, Poole/Streamed online
A programme of works by composers from former Soviet countries unearthed a haunting piece by Théodore Akimenko

The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s chief conductor Kirill Karabits comes from Ukraine, and during his tenure on the south coast he has made a point of programming lesser-known works from countries in the former Soviet Union under the banner of Voices from the East. He’s already introduced pieces by Karayev, Terterian and Lyatoshinsky, and in the second concert in an autumn series given before a distanced audience and streamed live, he was due to conduct two more, by Théodore Akimenko and Alexander Arutiunian. Covid-19 restrictions, however, prevented Karabits from travelling to Poole, but Martyn Brabbins replaced him, taking over the programme without any changes.

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