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Review of Concert on 10 Nov 2007

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Winchester Symphony Orchestra presented an ambitious and challenging programme last Saturday evening. Sibelius' Sixth Symphony and Arutjunjan's trumpet concerto are rarely played. However the adventurous audience was well rewarded by stylish and accomplished performances of this unusual repertoire.

Trumpet soloist Julian Poore is well known to local musicians as a very fine player and talented teacher. His earliest performances were as a member of the Hampshire County Youth Band. Much of his time is now spent touring with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. It was such a treat for the orchestra to work with him and for us to be able to enjoy his natural flair so evident in this virtuosic piece. Good to see many of his pupils in the audience including the Head Chorister of Winchester Cathedral. The piece has its brash moments, quite a few of them, well projected with zest and humour, but the lyrical slow movement on muted trumpet was very delicately done.

Conductor Nicholas Wilks has raised playing standards significantly during the past eighteen months. The strings in particular now show a more precise sensitivity, woodwind intonation is more reliable, and the players respond to subtle nuance of phrasing and dynamics. The string playing in the symphony was at times magical in repeated pianissimo patterns and at others rich and sonorous. The last movement was perhaps slightly less cohesive, but many of us left the hall delighted to have heard this remarkable symphony, and could happily have heard it all again.

Hilary Webster

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 March 2009 17:32  

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