St Paul’s Sinfonia (St Paul’s, Deptford) 19 November

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Not a very comprehensive picture

Haydn – Symphony No. 43 ‘Mercury’
Alan Rawsthorne – Divertimento
–Interval–
Schumann – Symphony No. 2

So a pretty successful first visit this season to St Paul’s Deptford.  The Haydn symphony was pleasant enough, and then the piece by Alan Rawsthorne was fresh and interesting (though not perhaps marked by thematic consistency).  I was certainly enwrapped by the elegiac sloe movement of Schumann’s Second Symphony, though I didn’t share the vview of the people behind me that the Finale should have gone on longer; in fact, I felt the first movement could usefully have gone on shorter.  I imagine that being played by a chamber orchestra helped with the scoring and the hearing what was going on in the different parts…

Next performance is on 17 December.

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