Norwich Baroque

Programmes Press and Postludes

SG Wealth Management Gala Concert - The Four Seasons - Sat 10th Sept

Adrian Chandler - Violin
Kate Bennett-Wadsworth - Cello

Concerto for strings RV114
Concerto per la solennita di S. Lorenzo RV 286
Concerto for Cello RV 401
Concerto for 4 violins Op3 no10 - soloists: Adrian Chandler, Rachel Stroud, John Crockatt, Jim O'Toole

Norwich Baroque – Norwich Cathedral
A concert of music by Vivaldi, especially if it includes a performance of the Four Seasons, is almost guaranteed a good audience.
Yet to fill the Cathedral, as Norwich Baroque did on Saturday evening is surely a mark of how much this ensemble has become an integral part of the City’s vibrant musical culture in the 10 years since its formation

The soloist/director of the Four Seasons was Adrian Chandler who shared that role with Norwich Baroque’s Jim O’Toole in the 4 varied concertos which comprised the first half.

The Concerto for strings RV114 received a fresh and lively performance under O’Toole. The sound warm, though the detail sometimes lost in the Cathedrals vast space.

A new member of the ensemble, Kate Bennett Wadsworth, was the excellent soloist in the beautiful if sombre Cello concerto in C minor.

there was also splendid playing from Adrian Chandler in the violin concerto RV286.

But the most exciting performance was the concerto for 4 violins, Op3 no10 with very fine playing from the 4 soloists, Adrian Chandler, Rachel Stroud, John Crockatt and Jim O’Toole.

The wonderfully imaginative writing of the Four Seasons lends itself to a wide variety of interpretations, and Chandler’s was certainly not a routine performance. Tempi were generally very fast with Chandler’s virtuosity stunning, matched by the excellent orchestral playing. The whole was a triumph of creative imagination, if sometimes a little excessive, though i don’t suppose Vivaldi would have disapproved.

Frank Cliff.