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MUSIC REVIEW New conductor gets very best out of choir; Cantorion Menai Powis Hall, Bangor University.


CANTORION Menai presented an interesting and varied programme under the baton of their new, young conductor, Simon Paul Rigby, at Bangor University's Powis Hall on Saturday, May 11.

The opening and closing works, both sacred in nature, made the deepest impression since both made full use of the rich, deep sonority and tone colour which have always been a feature of this choir's performance.

In Paradisum 1998 by the choir's conductor is a work of real beauty of expression, with it's extended pedal points, delicate textures and strongly made contrasts, particularly that between the floating, ethereal solo soprano fragments which were sung expressively by Chris Lockley and the powerful central declamatory choral outburst.

Five movements from Rachmaninoff's Vespers provided a striking close to the evening and the choir was heard at its best where powerful, widely spaced textures contrasted with movements of tenderness and calm.

Tenor soloist Bryn Roberts was in excellent form, especially in his quite enchanting interpretation of Anabelle Lee, in which singer and sympathetic accompanist Mai Newman were clearly enjoying themselves hugely.
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:May 17, 2002
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