Review of Spring Concert 2012
Canterbury Orchestra Spring Concert
March 31st 2012
St Peter's Methodist Church
It was an unusual and enterprising programme by the Canterbury Orchestra at St Peter's Methodist Church on 31st March. We may have heard a lot of Schubert on the radio recently, but not his Quartettsatz (D 703) arranged for string orchestra. The judicious use of the double bass section gave point to some passages, and the orchestra clearly enjoyed this typically Schubertian piece.
The highlight of the evening was Richard Strauss's Oboe Concerto, an ambitious undertaking but well worth tackling, particularly with the outstanding soloist Rosie Lowen who showed an impressive mastery of the formidably testing oboe line. The string parts are not easy and ideally the first movement needed more weight, though the strings blossomed in the Andante, which is one of those great works saying farewell to the Romantic style.
The interval was followed by Strauss's early masterpiece, the Serenade for 13 wind (Op.7). Here we had an extrememly competent ensemble, presumably with not much rehearsal possible, the beautiful horn part excellently played.
Finally we heard Schubert's Symphony No.6 (D 589), the product of exuberant youth influenced by the then current masters Beethoven and Rossini. The orchestra responded accordingly with lively wind and reliable horns and strings particularly dashing in the Scherzo.
Under their conductor Andrew Lowen the Orchestra prospers and there were few empty seats in the audience. We look forward to the 30th of June with its interesting programme of Jubilee related works, including the 'Coronation" Piano Concerto of Mozart.
Sat 25th November 2017, Colyer-Fergusson Hall, 7.30pm
Tickets available from the Gulbenkian Box Office at £15 and £8 for students and children
Glinka: Ruslan & Ludmilla
Rachmaninov: Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini (soloist Christopher Weston, piano)
Moussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition
Andrew Lowen conductor
Our final concert of the year carries forward the focus of the Spring Concert on music from the great Russian Romantic composers, beginning with the overture from Glinka’s second opera, a rumbustious piece said to have been inspired by the clatter of cutlery at a court wedding! We are delighted to welcome back Christopher Weston to play Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini, a concertante work for solo piano and orchestra comprising 24 variations on the last of Paganini’s Caprices for solo violin. The concluding work will be Moussorgsky’s Picture at an Exhibition, inspired by the paintings of his friend Victor Hartmann.
Interested in playing with the Canterbury Orchestra?
Call Nicky Pound, Canterbury Orchestra Manager on 01304 812755 or email us to find out whether we have vacancies.