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Review: Bach Players Best of Bach, St Nicholas Chapel, King's Lynn

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I always look forward to the King’s Lynn Festival’s Early Music Day and this year it was a pleasure for me to attend the Bach Players Best of Bach concert at St Nicholas’ Chapel.

Like me, the full audience responded to the Players all Bach programme with enthusiasm; the freshness, clarity, and energy of the performances fully appreciated.

The Bach Players were founded in 1996 by the group’s artistic director Nicolette Mooney, who played violin during our concert, together with Marta Goncalves, flute, (superb playing, especially in Bach’s second Orchestral Suite in B minor and fifth Brandenburg Concerto), Jean Paterson, violin, Rachel Stott, viola, Jonathan Manson, cello and Silas Wollston, harpsichord, (giving a truly virtuosic performance in the fifth Brandenburg concerto where solo harpsichord passages are prominent).

King's Lynn Festival logo (49595933)
King's Lynn Festival logo (49595933)

The other works in the concert were from Bach’s Art of Fugue, (nos. 1-4 , BWV 1080), sensitively played, but the pieces a little academic to my taste, and the Aria and Canons from the Goldberg Variations, BWV 1087, cleverly and beautifully arranged by Silas Wollston.

I welcomed the occasional commentary from Nicolette and Silas, explaining some of the music’s back round and technicalities, (too complex to explain here) and I look forward to hearing some of the group’s recorded work, (they also have vocalists as members), especially Bach cantatas and pieces by Telemann.

The Bach Players use original instruments, and the vocalists sing in the original language when performing. Let’s hope they continue to perform regularly in London, Norwich and many other places in the future. I look forward to their return locally.

Andy Tyler

St Nicholas Chapel, King's Lynn (49595941)
St Nicholas Chapel, King's Lynn (49595941)

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