Britten Sinfonia at Lunch
CHRISTOPHER SMITH The Assembly House, Norwich
The Assembly House, Norwich
For its lunch recital the Britten Sinfonia brought a larger ensemble than usual that produced a particularly rich spectrum of instrumental sound in a decidedly modern programme.
As often is the case in the arts, it turned out that the most satisfying piece in the programme was apparently the least elaborate: Jacqueline Shave's performance of Stravinski's Elegy for solo violin.
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Melancholy but without anything too dramatic and with chords to add depth of feeling without over-obvious technical demands, the melodic line had calm beauty as it spun on towards its clear, gentle conclusion.
A sense of progression also enhanced Peter Maxwell-Davies's pair of arrangements of Preludes and Fugues by Bach. The contemporary orches-tration gave fresh vigour to baroque part writing. Owen Gunnell's marimba added a surprising but rather attractive element, setting a pulse in motion as well as adding its own special timbre.
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Tansy Davies displayed the fertility of her imagination in the four short movements of her Contraband, culminating in an episode with the violin and viola strummed ukulele-style. Time and again she generated surges of energy.
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