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Confusion and clarity.

What a shemozzle ! A change in the order of the programme led to confusion at the Town Hall last night. Was it the interval (the players had left the stage) or not ?

It turned out it wasn't, but by then many people had made their way to the bar or the coffee bar, and had to be recalled.

Apart from this possibly unprecedented incident,the smallish audience had a highly enjoyable evening, musically speaking, with the orchestra, conducted from the keyboard by Nicholas Kraemer, opening impressively with Telemann's Suite/Overture in B minor.

The grave opening movement was nicely contrasted with the merry Courante and stately Minuet. Fine tonal colours came from oboes and bassoons and the rhythmic patterns of the sprightly dancing Gavotte were vividly accentuated.

The Suite from the opera Nais by Jean-Phillipe Rameau opens majestically and has the Entree noble et Fiere at its core.

Here, the splendidly co-ordinated strings and woodwind brought a growing and glowing intensity.

In Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major, we were on familiar ground, with the instrumental dialogue intelligently and effectively interpreting the lyricism of the Adagio and vigour of the opening and concluding Allegros.

Richard Howarth was a sweet-toned soloist - with sharp attack - in Antonio Vivaldi's The Four Seasons, where the effervescence of Spring, the lush bounty of Summer, the huntsmen's horns of Autumn and the chill winds of Winter were grippingly conveyed.
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Mar 4, 2005
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