Music for a summer evening
Sept. 2nd - St Mary's church, Diss
Sept. 3rd - Binham Priory
Director - Jim O'Toole
Soloist - Andrew Maginley
Concerto Grosso Op.6 no.4 - Corelli
Concerto for Lute in D major - Vivaldi
Concerto Grosso Op.6 no.1 in G major - Handel
Concerto in 7 parts, no. 5 - Mudge
Canon and Gigue in D major - Pachelbel
Allemande (Lute solo) - Weiss
Burlesque de Don Quixote - Telemann
Sadly the following review was not actually printed by the Eastern Daily Press but Michael Drake was kind enough to send it to us for the archives anyway.
St Mary's Church Diss
It's worth repeating that the hallmark of this ensemble is their consistency - and it was duly maintained on Friday evening in a receptive accoustic. Add the obvious delight they have in their performances, then open the programme with Corelli's Concerto Grosso Op.6 No.4 and it was a winning combination.
Reduce the players to nine plus lutenist Andrew Maginley and there was a subtle change in tone for Vivaldi's Concerto for Lute in D major in which the central Largo was particularly meditative. Later the soloist presented a peaceful interlude with a Weiss Alamande.
Handel developed the concerto grosso cosiderably but the players made an easy transition to his Op.6 No.1 in G major with an impressive warm sound, especially in the penultimate Allegro movement.
English composer Richard Mudge's music may not have the subtelties of some other baroque masters but his Concerto in 7 parts was given a measured performance while the German Pachelbel, who rarely appears in a concert progamme except for his Canon and Gigue, had that piece given a spirited airing.
Finally the wind was certainly in the sails for the final Burlesque de Don Quixote by Telemann. Full of character, the scenes were colourfully and precisely portrayed - musical entertainment par excellence.