Concert archive

Oct. 26th 2013 - Concertos for oboe and bassoon

It was a treat to welcome Joel Raymond (oboe), Hayley Pullen (bassoon) and guest director, Rachel Stroud for an evening of woodwind concertos and music for string ensemble.
St Stephen's Church, Norwich.
Concerto Grosso Op6 no2 - Corelli
Concerto for bassoon in A minor RV498 - Vivaldi
Concerto for oboe and violin BWV 1060 - JS Bach
Concerto for oboe in D minor - Marcello
Six Grand Concertos Op3 no4 - Hellendaal
Concerto Grosso Op3 no3 - Handel

Eastern daily press review:

With bright tone and incisive bowing, violinist Rachel Stroud led Norwich Baroque in a programme of 18th Century music made up of mainly pieces by the major composers of the age, from Corelli onwards.

A place was also found for a lesser-known figure. Pieter Hellendaal was born in 1721 in Rotterdam and was trained by the great Tartini in Italy.

When he came to England, he won high opinions in King's Lynn, then settled in Cambridge.

The 5 movements of the 4th of his Opus 3 Concerti Grossi were quite delightful in their unusual layout with some interestingly different rhythms.

In Bach's C minor concerto Rachel Stroud combined with Joel Raymond.

Lithe and lively in the faster passages, he made a particular impression with his control and variation of tone in the long smooth phrases at the opening of the adagio.

Hayley Pullen took the solo in one of Vivaldi's bassoon concertos. Perhaps because her period instrument was not powerful, not a lot of the detail of her interpretartion reached the back of the church.

The satisfying finale of this pleasing concert was a performance of a concerto grosso by Handel, with the visiting soloists joining with the tireless players of Norwich Baroque.
Christopher Smith