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Mainetti, Perianes, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Pons, Barbican

Mainetti, Perianes, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Pons, Barbican

London strings go sensuous in a Latin-American and Spanish fiesta

Pablo Mainetti: A relaxed and easy successor to Astor Piazzolla on the bandoneónEduardo Torres

This was a programme born for marketing cliché: banish the winter blues by bathing in Latin American/Iberian warmth. And it turned out to be true, by virtue of an unexpected watershed. How did the BBC Symphony strings manage to be first among the London orchestras to slip into something truly sensual, whether tangoing with an Argentinian bandoneónist - "A what?" you may ask, and I'll tell you shortly - or dancing malagueñas with a Spanish pianist? Was it the after-effect of the John Wilson Hollywood treatment last Sunday, or just sheer joy in welcoming back the high, bright style of conductor Josep Pons?

Mainetti was as collegial, as relaxed and drew as wide a range of sonorities from his squeeze-box as Piazzolla always used to

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