Concert archive

5th and 6th Sept - An Evening in Italy

The mini-tour is always a highlight of the year and this year Norwich Baroque was joined by Catherine Martin for 2 concerts: on 5th Sept. at St Stephen's Church, Norwich, and on 6th at the wonderfully atmospheric Binham Priory.
An evening in Italy - 5th and 6th Sept 2014
Soloist: Catherine Martin - violin and viola d`amore
Director: Jim O'Toole

Locatelli - Introducttione Teatrali Op.4 no.1
Scarlatti - Concerto in 7 parts no.3
Vivaldi - Concerto for viola d'amore RV 393
Vivaldi - Concerto "Alla Rustica"
Geminiani - Concerto in 7 parts Op.3 no.2
Vivaldi - "Autumn" from The Seasons
Corelli - Concerto Grosso Op.6 no.6.

EDP Review:


There was a capacity audience at St Stephen's Church for Norwich Baroque’s concert of string music by Italian composers; a well balanced programme of the familiar and less familiar.

Pietro Locatelli was a younger contemporary of Vivaldi, and for those who might be unfamiliar with his music, the three short movements of his Introducttione Teatrali Op.4 provided a splendid introduction.

in this work, and in the 3rd of the six concerti grossi of Alessandro Scarlatti, Jim O’Toole, directing from the violin, drew fresh and vibrant playing from Norwich Baroque.

Vivaldi wrote several concertos for the viola d`amore, its sweet sound making it a popular instrument in his time.
Catherine Martin, after giving us a brief description of it, charmed the audience with her accomplished playing of his Concerto in D minor RV393. More Vivaldi before the interval, the short but brilliant Concerto Alla Rustica.

Fine playing from the band in Geminiani’s Concerto Grosso Op.3 no.2 before Catherine Martin returned this time as violin soloist in Autumn from the Seasons.

The work’s popularity often pressures soloists to produce some radically different interpretations but, refreshingly, Martin’s virtuosic yet imaginative reading was satisfyingly traditional.

To end, elegant and vital playing in Corelli’s Op6 no6 the performers obviously enjoying the music as much as the audience.

Frank Cliff