Music review: the RSNO perform Leonard Bernstein’s Mass, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall ****
As the taped opening music struck up, Järvi sauntered on, shaking hands with his orchestra. Sykes opening “Laude, Laude” established a charismatic presence that would dominate the entire show.
The street chorus entered through the audience, ready to provoke with their antagonistic questioning of faith, a confident and resonating Billy Gollner standing out among the many soloists.
The RSNO choruses sang lustily, if a little self-conscious when egged into swinging physical action. Treble soloist Tom Marland soared magnificently in the closing moments. But mostly, this was an invigorating night of surprises and delights. Mass is flawed, but it’s fun.