Programmes Press and Postludes
Norwich Baroque was delighted to welcome back its patron, countertenor Michael Chance, to perform Vivaldi`s two beautifully atmospheric works, Nisi Dominus and Stabat Mater. The ornate grandeur of the Abbey was a perfect setting for such profound works, and with the sounds of Norwich Baroque`s period instrument ensemble, and guests, the Amphion Consort, the large audience was treated to an evening straight from 18th century Venice.

Wymondham Festival - June 2010

Vivaldi in Wymondham Abbey -
Norwich Baroque
Michael Chance - Countertenor
The Amphion Consort

Director - Jennifer Bennett
Soloist - Michael Chance

Concerto for strings RV156 in G minor
Nisi Dominus
Violin Concerto Op.3 no.6 in A minor RV356
Sonata for Cello and basso continuo no.5 in E minor- arranged for Theorbo by Yair Avidor
Stabat Mater RV621
Concerto for Strings RV114 in C major


EATERN DAILY PRESS REVIEW - Night of Vivaldi full of colour and tone.

The 15th Wymondham Music Festival got off to a fine start with a sell-out concert by Norwich Baroque and the Amphion Consort. Though the programme was entirely made up of works by Vivaldi, that did not mean any lack of variety.

Two concertos for strings revealed the Italian composer`s skill in using the same instrumental ensemble in different ways. With Jennifer Bennett as the deft soloist, one of his violin concertos showed yet another facet in an attractive light.

Yair Avidor`s arrangement of a cello sonata for theorbo offered a more unusual pleasure. With its long neck, his instrument looked like an overgrown lute. What was impressive though, was the delicacy with which he intently traced both the quiet bass and the gentle melodies of contrasting movements.

The celebrated countertenor Michael Chance sang Vivaldi`s settings of two well-known Latin texts, the triumphant Nisi Dominus and the emotionally rich Stabat Mater.

Completely at home in the florid style of early eighteenth century religious music, he negotiated every technical complexitywith relaxed confidence. He also knew how to add extra intensity where it was needed. His artistry was summed up when repeating the word sorrow or launching into a jubilant Amen.

Christopher Smith.
7-6-2010