A.R. Sibson wrote his First Symphony, in A minor, in 1948 in memory of his son Maxell. It was written with the resources of the Bulawayo Municipal Orchestra specifically in mind. In a time of grief it was a courageous undertaking, the more so because the Symphony rises to a final mood of triumph and affirmation. Despite some lapses of discipline, the performance last night by the Orchestra with Mr. Sibson conducting, was both striking and moving.
The first season of the Bulawayo Celebrity Concerts closed on Saturday evening with a consummately accomplished recital by the Spanish pianist, Alicia de Larrocha.
In recent times, pianist Hans Richter-Haaser has established a name as ossibly the most distinguished Beethoven specialist since Schnabel. It was easy at his recital last night (Bulawayo City Hall) to see why.