PERHAPS the first observation that should be made of Peter Oundjian's concert with the RSNO on Saturday is this: isn't the band playing uncommonly well for him? Did you hear any imbalance of ensemble in his majestically-paced account of Brahms's First Symphony? Did you notice the bronzed, burnished and beautiful ensemble playing in that work where, even in the heavyweight Allegro of the first movement, and in the thrilling climactic pages of the finale, the brass, while sounding full, never drowned out the strings?
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