Norfolk Symphony Orchestra
Alison CrooseKing's Lynn Corn ExchangeAlison Croose
King's Lynn Corn Exchange
An ambitious programme of music by Russian composers guaranteed a concert full of drama and passion.
As conductor Alexander Walker moves into his second year with the NSO he is making big demands of the musicians in selecting such a challenging work as Stravinsky's orchestral suite, The Firebird.
The suite follows the plan of the ballet and its colourful and complex orchestration introduces the supernatural sounds of magical creatures.
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Stravinsky's folk-like melodies were in contrast to Mussorgsky's Songs and Dances of Death performed by mezzo-soprano Fiona Kimm. The soloist gave an impressive and highly dramatic rendition in Russian of the four songs which deal with death in a poetic manner.
The three featured works were cleverly linked as Rimsky-Korsakov - whose Scheherazade completed the programme - used the same techniques as Stravinsky, and had set two of Mussorgsky's songs.
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Scheherazade, inspired by the Tales of a Thousand and One Nights, made a relaxing contrast to the previous works with its delightful themes conjuring up a magical atmosphere.
The orchestra used all its skill and power in the exciting final movement to end a thoroughly enjoyable and interesting concert with a glorious finale.