St Paul’s Sinfonia (St Paul’s Deptford) 15 January


1.  Gorecki – Three Pieces in Olden Style
2.  John Woolrich – Ulysses Awakes
3.  Stravinsky – Apollon Musagete
4.  Tchaikovsky – Serenade for Strings

Well, that was a jolly nice concert for string orchestra, and the programming showed commendable variety–I’d not heard either of the first two pieces before.  As ever, conductor Andrew Morley enthused the orchestra, soloist (Victoria Rawlins playing the viola in Ulysses Awakes), audience and probably the occupants of the graves outside as well.

I especially enjoyed the first two pieces, and  Ulysses Awakes reminded me of my ambition to see Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria sometime–the viola part here derives from Dormo ancora there.  I did occasionally regret the lack of any ballet to watch during Apollon Musagete. And my theory that it’s best to sit at the back to get properly-blended sound was confirmed…

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