It was, in my view, a great idea by the King’s Lynn Festival to devote a day to older music, and in the recent past concerts have featured music by Baroque composers and from earlier periods, as in the pair of concerts being the subject of this review.
Members of The Orchestra of The Age of Enlightenment gave a joyful initial concert at King’s Lynn Minster of music by J. S. Bach, with his Suite No. 2 in B minor for flute and strings beautifully played with Lisa Beznosiuk on flute. This suite includes the famous lively Badinerie as finale.
A charming Handel Trio sonata then followed and Vivaldi’s well known ‘Goldfinch’ Concerto for flute and strings with a moving cantabile movement, superbly decorated by the flautist and meltingly performed by all. Selected movements from Telemann’s Don Quixote Suite (I really must read Cervantes’ novel!) was included (very original, inventive and tuneful), and in Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto no. 5 Stephen Farr gave a quite outstanding harpsichord solo in the work’s first movement. The music played was joyful (much based on the dance) and the performances were stylish and authentic.
The second concert was given by David Wright on the harpsichord and he gave a recital to round off a great evening.
The music played was by Orlando Gibbons, John Bull, William Byrd and that well loved composer anon!
David gave useful and interesting information about the composers and their music. Again great virtuosity was displayed by this busy international musician and member of Red Priest. Another artistic success at the Festival.