Concert archive

Sunday 15th Jan.2012 - Lute Concertos

This year our annual antidote to "seasonal over-indulgence" featured the gentle sound of the Lute and Mandolin played by Andrew Maginley.
Princes Street United Reformed Church
Soloist : Andrew Maginley
Director : Jim O'Toole

(NB. Programme order had to be changed as Andrew's train was delayed and he didnt arrive until after the start of the concert)


Concerto for strings - Vivaldi
Concerto Grosso Op10 no2 - Albinoni
Concerto for Mandolin RV425 (replaced by Pachelbels canon)
Concerto Grosso Op1 No3 - Locatelli

Concerto Grosso no7 - Geminiani
Concerto in 7 parts no 1 - Wassenaer
Lute solo - replaced by Mandolin concerto from 1st half!
Concerto in 7 parts no 3 - Scarlatti

Encore : Lute solo Falckenhagen

Eastern daily press review:


Whilst the vagaries of rail travel disrupted Norwich Baroque’s programme, their first concert of the year still gave an appreciative audience much enjoyment.

We had to wait until the interval to savour the skill of Andrew Maginley in Vivaldi’s Concerto for Mandolin played sensitively on one of the smallest instruments of the lute family. Unfortunately the positioning of this and the curtailing of his later solo due to the circumstances gave somewhat short measure as Adam Falkenhagen’s Lute sonata Op1 no5 was replaced by the last movement only of No.4.

The ensemble, however, had opened with impressive rhythmic style in Vivaldi’s Concerto for strings including an achingly beautiful slow

Albinoni and Locatelli Concerti grosso were disciplined and stately and whilst Pachelbel’s canon was rather an unnecessary distraction and Dutch composer van Wassenaer’s concerto Armonico somewhat divorced from the overall programme, arguably Scarlatti’s Concerto in 7 parts no3 with its fugal central Allegro and bright tone throughout, was the most satisfying of the afternoon.

Michael Drake