Norwich Baroque

Programmes Press and Postludes

"Italian Doubles" April 2008

Sunday 20th April 2008
United Reformed Church, Princes Street, Norwich

Director - Keith Hobday
Soloists : John Coulton - Trumpet
Bevin Mack - Trumpet

Concerto for 2 trumpets - Vivaldi
Concerto for 2 trumpets - Franceschini
Concerto for 2 trumpets - Jacchini
Concerto Grosso Op.6 no.11 - Corelli
Concerto Grosso No.7 in D minor - Geminiani
Concerto for strings in B minor RV 168 - Vivaldi


Formed only two years ago, this string chamber group gave a more than satisfatory feel to Sunday afternoon, with a programme of short works by Italian composers all born in a 35-year period of the mid to late 17th century.

The first of a quartet of works by Vivaldi immediately established bold rhythms and unity of purpose in an ensemble, which was then joined by John Coulton and Bevin Mack as soloists in Franceschini`s Sonata in D for trumpets, strings and continuo, their echoing phrases resonating in the bright acoustic.

As they did in Jacchini`s Sonata for the same forces, with its fanfare opening, and Vivaldi`s C major Concerto and its ringing, final Allegro.

A Geminiani concerto for strings was in rather more "meaty" style, although the only piece where tuning was a few degrees below the remaining high standard.

Moving to major keys, Vivaldi`s concerto in D, in common with the others, contained a soulful, slow movement, but always with an admirable sharpness to the performance.

The concert was in aid of the Benjamin Foundation, which aims to provide high-quality services to vulnerable young people. Norwich Baroque and the soloists certainly provided high quality of their own.