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Review: RWCMD Symphony Orchestra - Britten's Four Sea Interludes From Peter Grimes @ SDH

Posted by Weeping Tudor from Cardiff - Published on 04/02/2015 at 10:11
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Royal Welsh College Symphony Orchestra
Saint David's Hall, Cardiff
Tuesday 27th January 2015

The musicians of tomorrow graced us with an afternoon concert in the heart of Cardiff.

With an army of school children present (their informality was a bit much in the afternoon, pre coffee) and a supportive, eager audience, it was a great line up of American classics and brief British Britten.

Britten began with his Four Sea Interludes taken from his opera Peter Grimes. These four moods have grown on me, as I adore the opera and these are some of the highlights. The utter rage and brutally of the Storm and the bopping gossip and merriment of Sunday Morning. A Moonlight of beguiling transcendence with a Dawn of tinny, shrill sounds of the sea. Some of Britten's best and most evocative work.

Samuel Barber's Violin Concerto is a staple in the 20th Century. Though formal and charming, the last movement pushes the player and orchestra with a great hurried force of perpetual motion. David Adams handled the concerto well, keeping the American delight of the work apparent. John Adams' Short Ride In A Fast Machine does exactly what it says on the tin. With a jamming woodblock solo and ecstatic rhythms, its brief journey is like a mid-morning rush against robots, then leading into space.

The orchestra, I feel are slightly unpolished. The brass in particular, really need to pick up their game. What should be one of the loudest parts of the orchestra, feels at times muted and totally left behind. This left moments of the music underwhelming, when it should have been the opposite.

Pick more thrilling music and work hard on your studies guys. You are doing great.

Rating: 8/10

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