| Morton Feldman - Rothko Chapel|
With BBC Singers - Martyn Brabbins
Royal Albert Hall London :: BBC Proms :: August 31st 2006
...Paul Silverthorne's rapt viola playing...
The violist Paul Silverthorne, celesta player Ian Brown, percussionist Richard Benjafield and the BBC Singers, plus the vocal soloists Amy Freston and Kim Porter, all under Martyn Brabbins, achieved just the right balance of precision and sensitivity to mood, an abundance of steely control still yielding just the right, rapt aura: magical in the cavernous spaces of the Albert Hall around 11pm.
This performance was an apt demonstration of the power that Feldman's music can have under the right conditions. It was also another instance this season of a seminal American work of the 1970s receiving its overdue Proms premiere.