Southbank Sinfonia, St John’s Waterloo, 17 June


St John's, Waterloo

Southbank Sinfonia
Oliver Gooch conductor

1.  Sebastian Rapacki Overture
2. Harrison Birtwistle Bach Measures
3.  Robert Schumann Cello Concerto

The first of my two free concerts this evening began with a new (and short) piece by a composer so young that he had brought his mother along for moral support.  Then I definitely enjoyed Birtwistle’s Bach Measures (arrangements of eight of Bach’s Chorale Preludes)–apart from anything else, the sparely instrumented and widely-spaced lines were well-suited to overcoming the church acoustic.

In Schumann’s Cello Concerto, on the other hand, I had difficulty in making out anything very much of the orchestral part and the soloist (Yuki Ito) seemed to be playing with a real intergalactic distance…

Then it was a hurried scuttle over the road to get a bus to Bloomsbury and the next event…


The author got a free glass of wine at this event.

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