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Review: Percussions Claviers De Lyon @ All Saint's Church

Posted by Weeping Tudor from Cardiff - Published on 08/07/2013 at 17:10
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Vale of Glamorgan Festival: Percussions Claviers de Lyon
All Saint's Church, Penarth
Friday 17th May 2013

Percussionists are the unsung heroes of the orchestra.

They can hardly play during a lot of written works but when they do they enhance the music with their driving force and surprising power.

So an evening of just music for percussion was very much a treat. It is by far my favourite part of the orchestra and used on their own can create great dimensions and soundscapes. 

This evening with the French players was a revelation. I sat in the first row. The sounds were so near and direct to me I took a paracetamol during the interval. That's not being negative at all. The huge gathering of marimbas, xylophones, glockenspiels, gongs and more was pounding ecstatic. 

There was a world premier from John Metcalf called Two Palindromes, but the real surprise came from the second premier. Partially Screaming by Graham Fitkin was the stand-alone work of the evening. Not to be fooled by the name, it had rhythms and timbres that I can still recall today. It ended the concert perfectly and I would certainly want to hear it again. 

These players oozed so much charisma and vitality. As guest artists, I do hope they return here and play some more.

They certainly rocked a little church in Penarth.

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