King’s Lynn Festival review: Emma Johnson with the Piatti Quartet; Guildhall

KL Festival Emma Johnson ANL-160419-093842001
KL Festival Emma Johnson ANL-160419-093842001

Emma Johnson with the Piatti Quartet

Having not felt too well of late, there was a chance I was going to miss this concert with clarinettist Emma Johnson.

Thank goodness, I didn’t! The Ruth Fermoy Memorial Concert in the Guildhall left me feeling on top of the world.

The three works on the programme were: Mozart’s String Quartet in B-Flat Major K.589 (one of his Prussian Quartets), and his lyrical Clarinet Quintet in A-major, K581.

Both were written late in his short career. The other work performed was the tuneful and lively Clarinet Quintet in B-Flat Major, OP 34. by Weber.

I was delighted this was on the programme, as it’s a favourite of mine, and as Emma Johnson told me afterwards, Weber is an underrated composer. I agree!

All three works were played with style, verve and feeling, when necessary, and Emma’s musicianship is outstanding. She, of course, has a very successful career, performing all over the world, and the Piatti String Quartet (on this occasion the first violin part was played by Rakhi Singh) is up and coming to say the least.

To send us happy into the night we were treated to a famous, jaunty, encore: Walking The Dog, from Promenade, by the inimitable George Gershwin.

Andy Tyler.