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Divine Sublime



I attended the ‘Divine Sublime’ concert at the Victoria Rooms in Bristol with Italian photographer Claudio Marini to capture special moments throughout the show, and gratefully I was able to get a picture with one of the violinists performing. This orchestral concert performed by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra did not disappoint; the Ukrainian conductor Kirill Karabits displayed a passionate effort which did not falter once during the entire performance. I could feel the raw enthusiasm from Karabits as he communicated his inimitable talent through the band with his unique style and sophistication, leaving the timbre flow with a taste of the intricacy channelled through these fine woodwind instruments.


Peering over heads and probing the ensemble, I could not see a single error as I gazed at the violin bows oscillate in sync with perfection; it truly shows the craftsmanship and composition that could only be achieved through years of practise. The first part of the act was Serenade in B flat major – Gran Partita, it was accomplished superbly and seduced me for the second half of the show: Beethoven’s Symphony No.7 in A Major. I could not believe this music was from the 18th century, unfiltered and performed just like it would have been during the time of its conception, it’s called a classic for a reason. What you must remember is that these classics did not take a couple of hours to a few weeks to compose like most modern pop songs, they took years of painstaking work, trying to supplement each and every violin, cello, oboe, trumpet, clarinet, bassoon, viola, flute, bass and many more to synthesise into the timeless classics that transpire today.


Listening to the second half perform Symphony No.7 in A Major (a favourite of mine), I closed my eyes for but a moment, and in doing so I felt like I was there when it was first experienced in 1813 at the Great Hall of Vienna University in Austria. Enjoying a classical piece through the medium of earphones or speakers is one thing, but feeling the roar of the instruments erupt from the orchestral pit and flurry across the hall like a strong gust of wind is something else. If you have yet to ponder about attending a symphony orchestra then I implore you to do so, culture yourself and broaden your horizon, you won’t regret it.


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