Concert by the Waveney Sinfonia was a triumph

30th June 2018
Caroline Buddery reports

Waveney Sinfonia 2018

Celebratory and exuberant, Beethoven's Seventh Symphony was the resounding conclusion to the concert given by the Waveney Sinfonia at Great Yarmouth Minster

The performance was conducted with panache and pizzazz by Adrian Brown. Setting exhilarating speeds, he shaped every nuance and detail of the music and demanded great climaxes with compelling flourishes of his baton. Indeed, he was so intense that at times I thought he might take off into the stratosphere. The orchestra responded magnificently, but at times I longed for a slightly more richly textured sound, which might have been provided by a larger string section
This delicious concert opened with the overture to La Cenerentola (Cinderella) by Rossini, a great admirer of Beethoven's work.. The charming overture, a lovely choice on a summer's evening, provided a foretaste of the delights to follow
Without a note of music the brilliant 22 year old pianist, Yu Zhou Zhang, gave a moving, sensitive account of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No 2.. In three movements, the composition may be thought to reveal Mozarrtian elegance and delicacy. Such is the pianist's virtuosity that there were moments of sublimity, heightened in the sacred space of the church. The long chromatic solo passages were skilfully executed by the pianist, with the nicest surprise of all saved to last, a brief solo ruminato before the orchestra's interposition. So great was the applause that Yu Zhou gave an encore of Elliott Carter's Electric Lines, a show piece which enabled Yu Zhou to further reveal his great talent, his flying fingers mesmerising the audience
Jane Freeman warmly thanked everybody. This wonderful concert, given in the presence of the Mayor Mary Coleman and her consort, will linger long in the memory and will surely be among the highlights of the sixth Great Yarmouth Arts Festival

photograph of Waveney Sinfonia from their website

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