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Brandenburg Concertos August 2009

The Brandenburg concertos had been on our wish list ever since we first began planning Norwich Baroque programmes in 2006. With a team of four excellent soloists concertos IV and V were performed on period instruments under the leadership of Rebecca Livermore of The Academy of Ancient Music.
Saturday 15th August 2009
St Peter Mancroft, Norwich

Soloists :
Rebecca Livermore - Violin
Annabel Knight - Flute and recorder
Katriina Boosey - Recorder
Carolyn Gibley - Harpsichord

Concerto Grosso Op.6 no.6 in G minor - Handel
Concerto in E minor for recorder, flute and strings - Telemann
Brandenburg concerto no.5 in D major - Bach
Sonata a 5 in B flat major - Handel
Concerto in D major for harpsichord - Bach
Brandenburg concerto No.4 in G major - Bach


This ensemble is rapidly gaining a fan club (of which I am fast becoming a member) and this was evident from the audience which virtually filled the large nave.

Maybe this time their chosen programme was a little over-aweing for, in sporting parlance, it was one of two halves, although opening with Handel`s Concerto Grosso OP. 6 no. 6 the first movement instruction of "affettuoso" was certainly adhered to above a solid bass foundation and great rhythm in the finale.

Each half contained one of Bach`s Brandenburg Concerti - first No. 5 in D major, which had an impressively flowing period of virtuoso harpsichord work.

Prior to that, despite flute and recorder soloists beautifully harmonious tones, Telemann`s Concerto in E minor lost much of it`s verve in the middle with occasional tuning loss.

Temporary lapses I am sure and back to Handel and the Sonata a 5 where everyone seemed to be on the same wavelength again especially in the more reflective outer movements while Bach`s D major Concerto for Harpsichord ended with a brilliant "moto perpetua" Allegro.

So to the Brandenburg No. 4 in G major with a delightful recorder duo flowing faultlessly and in which the strings really came together to complete an evening of restored faith in this group which has made such an impact in its few years of existence.