Aldeburgh Easter Festival
TONY COOPER Snape Maltings
A touch of Russian magic cast its spell over the Maltings in the opening concert, with the Britten-Pears Orchestra, conducted by Alexander Polianichko, on good form. Two works by Prokofiev were heard: Lieutenant Kije, always a joy to listen to, while Belgrade-born pianist Aleksander Madzar set the keyboard alight in a demanding and dazzling display of the third piano concerto.
Orchestral dynamics continued in Stravinsky's Firebird Suite, performed in the 1919 version, in which
the orchestra excell-ed themselves.
Blythburgh church provided a perfect and contemplative setting for the vocal ensemble, Exaudi, who treated us to a stunning and moving programme.
- 1 A coach 'filled with people' and a van crash on the NDR
- 2 Distraught Norwich City fan 'lost £98k in football betting site collapse’
- 3 Heavy winds set to hit Norfolk as yellow weather warning issued
- 4 Tribute to keen mountain biker who died on ride
- 5 Theatre director's planning bid branded 'an attempt to rewrite history'
- 6 One person rescued after crash on A47
- 7 Broads pub once visited by Chelsea players shuts for good
- 8 Roadworks planned in Norfolk for this week
- 9 ‘We need action now’: Flood hit Broads business backs river barrier calls
- 10 The best fossil hunting spots across East Anglia
The Sixteen rounded off the weekend with an enlightened programme entitled Sistine Treasures, conducted by Harry Christophers in his usual flamboyant and theatrical way.
The last word goes to Polyphony and Stephen Layton in their performance of the St John Passion. It was simply brilliant. Full