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BCS - Concert Review
BCS Next Concert

Concert
Review

7.30pm
2 November 2013

The Forum, Bath

© Peter Bradshaw

Extracts from the Bath Chronicle review of The Music Makers with Bath Philharmonia:

What an evening for lovers of the cello! ...We had Bruch's soulful Kol Nidrei, played with great tenderness and warmth by Bruno Schrecker, who studied under Casals, who in turn knew Brahms, as conductor Jason Thornton reminded us in his introduction: a quite remarkable connection.

Schrecker made light of his 85 years to give us a performance limpid with wistful Jewish angst. It is a short piece, but every note speaks with abundant eloquence.

Then Raphael Wallfisch played the Elgar Cello Concerto and, for once, I didn't hear Jacqueline Du Pre. It was a very personal, individually tailored account, all the well-known themes given a palpable urgency without losing the romantic imagination, particularly well captured in the yearning Lento.

...A fascinating and passionate interpretation - no sentimentality here, with the orchestra making its own very potent, clearly defined contribution too, with some very perky brass reminding us of their presence. And we had a delightful encore, a Boccherini Sonata in G Major played by Bruno Schrecker and Raphael Wallfisch, which brought the first half to a close, the audience on its feet, applauding and cheering.

Elgar's The Music Makers is all too seldom heard, perhaps because it draws on a number of his other works, including Gerontius and Nimrod. Nonetheless it is an attractive match between O'Shaughnessy's words and Elgar's free flowing choral writing, very sympathetically and expressively sung by the chorus, with mezzo Hannah Pedley, a strikingly tall figure with a rich full-bodied sound, singing with style and discernment.

...An interesting performance of this very appealing piece: and good to see a collaboration between two of Bath's best musical groups.

Bath Chronicle, 5 November 2013


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