Concert archive

"Italian Doubles" April 2008

Norwich Baroque, directed by Keith Hobday, was joined by trumpet duo john Coulton and Bevin Mack for our first concert in the United Reformed Church, Princes Street, Norwich.
Sunday 20th April 2008
United Reformed Church, Princes Street, Norwich

Director - Keith Hobday
Soloists : John Coulton - Trumpet
Bevin Mack - Trumpet

Concerto for 2 trumpets - Vivaldi
Concerto for 2 trumpets - Franceschini
Concerto for 2 trumpets - Jacchini
Concerto Grosso Op.6 no.11 - Corelli
Concerto Grosso No.7 in D minor - Geminiani
Concerto for strings in B minor RV 168 - Vivaldi


Formed only two years ago, this string chamber group gave a more than satisfatory feel to Sunday afternoon, with a programme of short works by Italian composers all born in a 35-year period of the mid to late 17th century.

The first of a quartet of works by Vivaldi immediately established bold rhythms and unity of purpose in an ensemble, which was then joined by John Coulton and Bevin Mack as soloists in Franceschini`s Sonata in D for trumpets, strings and continuo, their echoing phrases resonating in the bright acoustic.

As they did in Jacchini`s Sonata for the same forces, with its fanfare opening, and Vivaldi`s C major Concerto and its ringing, final Allegro.

A Geminiani concerto for strings was in rather more "meaty" style, although the only piece where tuning was a few degrees below the remaining high standard.

Moving to major keys, Vivaldi`s concerto in D, in common with the others, contained a soulful, slow movement, but always with an admirable sharpness to the performance.

The concert was in aid of the Benjamin Foundation, which aims to provide high-quality services to vulnerable young people. Norwich Baroque and the soloists certainly provided high quality of their own.