UEA Choir and Orchestra

CHRISTOPHER SMITH St Andrew's Hall, Norwich

CHRISTOPHER SMITH

> St Andrew's Hall, Norwich

On Saturday night, UEA let its musical hair down in a thundering interpretation of Carmina Burana.

Carl Orff's setting of Latin and German text from the Middle Ages calls for large forces and total commitment. The performers on this occasion were very happy to respond whole-heartedly.

For good measure, conductor Howard Williams invited Horses Brawl, a group that specialises in period styles, to play some original settings of the songs that inspired the composer. The touch of authenticity was as welcome as the reedy sound of Laura Cannell's crumhorn.

These quiet interludes helped bring out the vigour of the thrilling climaxes. The UEA Orchestra readily grasped its opportunities, adding power and even splendour. The percussion section negotiated some tricky rhythms to build up the sense of impetus.

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The UEA Choir responded well, holding back enough energy for the final climax.

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