Orchestra of Situation Opera, St George’s Bloomsbury, 1 December

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W.A. Mozart:
1.  Serenade No.10, ‘Gran Partita’, K361
2.  Requiem Mass in D minor, K626

On announcing my name and handing over my £12, I received a free programme, which was nice.  It did have colour photos of the four vocal soloists for the Requiem (except that one of them had since changed), but it was missing details of the movements for the two pieces; the words for the Requiem; and advertisements for private schools.

For me, the Gran Partita was swallowed up by the reverberant church acoustic–surely these wind serenades were originally meant to be played outdoors, in the most different acoustic circumstances you could imagine?

Then after the interval we had a very committed performance of the Requiem–modelled, according to the programme, after what could be deduced about the London premiere, with some jolly good (if slightly operatic) work by the soprano soloist, Iris Korfker.  But by this stage I was beginning to suffer from the cold, and to dream about my tea…Need to try these people again on some other (warmer) occasion!

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