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Review: European Union Chamber Orchestra, Theatre Royal

PUBLISHED: 13:33 25 March 2018

Australian violinist Emily Sun. Picture: Courtesy of Emily Sun

Australian violinist Emily Sun. Picture: Courtesy of Emily Sun

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A full house for Saturday’s concert of music by Bach, Mozart and Vivaldi, given by the strings of the European Union Chamber Orchestra.

Directed from the violin by Eva Stegeman, they began with an excellent account of Bach’s 3rd Brandenburg Concerto, tempi perfectly judged, textures clear; a performance with a real feeling of spontaneity.

These same qualities were evident in Mozart’s Piano Concerto in A Major, K414, brilliantly performed by the distinguished soloist, Martin Roscoe, with a notably eloquent andante, and perfect rapport between soloist and orchestra.

Finally, the young Australian violinist, Emily Sun, was the stunning soloist and director in Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.

Superb virtuosity, some very fast tempi, but also full of imagination without straying too far from authenticity.

Excellent playing from the orchestra, with Alessandro Sanguinetti’s cello continuo especially fine.

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