Winning combination at opening concert

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Viva Vivaldi! King’s Lynn Festival Chorus and the European Union Chamber Orchestra

Once again the King’s Lynn Festival has got off to a rousing and uplifting start, especially important in this, it’s 65th year.

Concerts involving The King’s Lynn Festival Chorus are always memorable and popular with music lovers, and the combination of the Chorus, European Union Chamber Orchestra, soloists Ruth Jenkins-Robertsson, (soprano), Sarah-Jane Lewis (2nd soprano) and music directors Hans-Peter Hofmann (EU Chamber Orchestra) and Tom Appleton, proved a winning combination!

The choice of opening work, Vivaldi’s Four Seasons was welcome, and the performance, led from the violin by Hans-Peter Hofmann, was imaginative, enthusiastic and played by all with incisive, clean and accurate attack.

Well done also to the harpsichord continuo player; I always look forward to hearing this part played with flair! The performance, well received, certainly was in the “authentic” style of playing, very much the norm nowadays.

I am pleased to report any fears I had of the substantial Chorus swamping the orchestra and two excellent soloists in the remaining Baroque works were not realised!

It was good news to hear a less well-known piece (J.S.Bach’s Motet: “Lobet den Herrn”, BWV 230) and then the concert came to a close with a dynamic performance of Vivaldi’s Gloria in D Major, RV 589, again, the largish chorus sang with passion and precision, likewise the two splendid soloists shining in their contributions.

Thanks for the splendid opening concert, perhaps we could hear the other surviving setting of the Gloria by Vivaldi also in D Major, sometime.

Review by Andy Tyler