Philharmonic Orchestra, King's Lynn
MICHAEL DRAKE This was a magnificent climax to another successful King's Lynn Festival.
This was a magnificent climax to another successful King's Lynn Festival, set immediately by the large orchestra, conducted by Adrian Lucas, late of Norwich Cathedral, in the richness given to Schubert's Overture in the Italian style, with a particularly lively woodwind section.
The centrepiece was Beethoven's Piano Concerto No 5, The Emperor, with that most eminent interpreter, John Lill, as soloist. This was a performance of great power allied to touching delicacy.
The Corn Exchange concert was dedicated to the memory of the Festival's long time and much loved patron, HM Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, and how she would have enjoyed the stirring performance of Mendelssohn's Symphony No 3, The Scottish. The orchestral strength evoked the landscape north of the border, which inspired the work in colourful scenic episodes from the generally sombre hues of the opening through the scampering second movement to a majestic finale.