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Tue 10 Dec 2019

CBSO at Symphony Hall ★★★★

"The CBSO’s assistant conductor Jaume Santonja Espinós chose Xavier Montsalvatge’s 5 Canciones negras  and the Suites 1 & 2 from Falla’s ballet The Three-Cornered Hat – where he instantly communicated his love of them to us – and the CBSO eloquently conjured up the dances’ stamping rhythms, heat, humour and hectic gaiety. Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 7 is wonderfully deft and deceptively simple, with dark undertones; like Dickens’ writings on childhood. Espinós balanced ebullience, the lashings of percussion and the final madcap gallop, with pathos; its quiet ending with death as the winding down of a music box mechanism."

Norman Lebrecht