Concert archive

Sunday 5th Feb. 2012 - "At his Majesty's pleasure"

Something new for 2012 .... Norwich Baroque was delighted to welcome Sasza Zargowski and partner Moira Goff for an afternoon of French elegance and dance. What a fantastic time we had!
Baroque dance duo: Sasza Zargowski and Moira Goff
Director : Jim O'Toole
Guests : Minstrels Gallery

- Overture and Rondeau - from Alceste - Lully
- 2 Entrees - From Persee - Lully (duet - Sasza and Moira)
- Suite from Les Indes Galant - Rameau
- Gigue - from Tancrede - Lully (solo - Sasza)
- Chaconne - from Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme

- Overture du Rendezvous des Tuileries - Charpentier
- 2 Airs - From Atys - Lully (2 solos - Sasza and Moira)
- Musick in Amphitryon - Purcell
- Passacaille - from Armide - Lully (solo - Sasza)
- Gigue - from Roland - Lully (duet - Sasza and Moira)
- Chaconne du Rendzvous des Tuileries - Charpentier



Norwich Barque extended their normal repertoire by adding Baroque dancing in Sunday’s two performances in the Noverre ballroom.
At His Majesty’s Pleasure illustrated the large role of dance in the late 17th century French court and experienced dancers and teachers Sasza Zargowski and Moira Goff displayed their silky skills with grace and flourish – in particular their hand movements added another dimension to their lightness of foot.

Jean-Baptiste Lully’s music dominated, the rhythms and accents often heightened by the Minstrel’s Gallery percussion duo. Short and sweet were solo dances from Tancrede and Roland, “Tres gentille” and neat were operatic arias from Atys while Moira Goff’s Le Bourgeoise Gentilhomme also contained some delightful acting.

Later the eight movements of theatre music from Purcell’s Musick from Amphitryon gave Norwich Baroque the chance to show well-defined and full-bodied playing with sparkle and rhythmic variety. Seated around the perimeter of the ballroom the small audience was nevertheless very appreciative of the artistry – amplified by a larger afternoon attendance in this entertaining addition to NB’s range.

One small criticism, instrumentalists dressed in black against a black backcloth was perhaps not the best choice.

Michael Drake.