Concert archive

Saturday 24th July - Norwich Baroque with Escorial

Norwich Baroque was invited to be part of the Centenary celebrations of St John`s Roman Catholic Cathedral, performing a programme of baroque and contemporary music with the choral group Escorial. It was a treat to welcome Simon Jones to direct and his wife, old friend of Norwich Baroque, Andrea Morris as principal 2nd violin.
Baroque with a twist
- Escorial with Norwich Baroque

Conductor - Christopher Duarte
Director - Simon Jones
Soprano soloist - Judy Ball

Dixit Dominus - Monteverdi
Salve Regina in A minor - Pergolesi
Madrigali - Morten Lauridsen (Escorial)
Concerto for strings RV152 - Vivaldi
Laudate Dominum - Vivaldi
Sicut erat - Vivaldi

Salve Regina - A. Scarlatti
Concerto grosso Op.6 no.4 - Corelli
St. John`s Motets - Rutti (Escorial)
Beatus vir - Monteverdi

Eastern Daily Press Review 26-07-2010

The 30 singers of the Escorial choir and the Norwich Baroque players, led by Simon Jones, combined under Christopher Duarte in an enterprising, much-appreciated programme.

Its title was Baroque with a twist. The twist came as the half-dozen vocal and instrumental Italian period pieces were set off by two modern works.

Morten Lauridsen, who is based on the west coast of America, was clearly looking back to the past when he chose Renaissance lyrics about the pangs of unrequited love for a work that he called Madrigali.

His treatment of the texts, though, was an intriguing blend of tradition and today`s more bracing styles.

Greater strength and more substance made the world premiere of St John`s Motets even more of a challenge for the performers, even more pleasure for the audience.

The Swiss composer Carl Rutti put renewed intensity into episodes in the life of the Baptist, and the choir responded with conviction.

The vigour of Counter-Reformation culture was reflected in energetic accounts of psalm settings by Monteverdi and Judy Ball was charming in pergolesi`s A minor Salve Regina.

As well as sensitively accompanying the voices, Norwich Baroque displayed expertise and nimbleness in string concertos by Vivaldi and Corelli.

Christopher Smith