King’s Lynn Festival hears ancient music

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Academy of Ancient Music &

Duo Dorado – King’s Lynn Minster

As many readers may know, this year marks the 10th anniversary of King’s Lynn’s membership of the New Hanseatic League, and two concerts, one following the other, were held as a celebration of the joining recently as one of the exciting events of this year’s festival.

The fitting venue was Lynn’s historic Minster Church, partly famous for it’s former church organist Dr Charles Burney.

The first concert, Angels and Saints, was performed by the Academy of Ancient Music directed from the violin by Bojan Cicic. It consisted of concertos by Vivaldi, Leclair, Biber Manfredini and others.

Frankly, I could not fault the playing in any way. It was at the height of contemporary Baroque performance practice executed exquisitely, one quite forgot modern instruments were not being used! Three cheers also to the masterly leadership of Bojan Cicic, an outstanding musician with a great career emerging. Although some of the music played was not in the same league as the great works of J.S. Bach, Handel and Telemann it’s always interesting to hear music not so well known.

The second concert (a more intimate affair) was performed by Duo Dorado consisting of Hazel Brooks (violin), and David Pollock on harpsichord, entitled Hansa Harmony, appropriately enough! The great Georg Philipp Telemann, forever associated with the Hanseatic Port of Hamburg, was represented by two sonatas (from differing periods of his career) then, a delightful Suite by Buxtehude, and the recital concluded with it’s greatest work (in my view) J.S.Bach’s Sonata in A major, BWV 1015.

Performances favoured the violin, balance-wise, but did justice to this superb music in full measure; a lovely baroque bash to conclude the Hanseatic evening.

Andy Tyler