Glo­ri­ous start to sea­son

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - REVIEWS -

THE first Amer­sham Fes­ti­val of Mu­sic con­cert of the sea­son took place on Fri­day, April 8 at St Mary’s Par­ish Church in Old Amer­sham. KAY JOHN­SON re­views the show

IT is that time of year again which means an­other glo­ri­ous pro­gramme of mu­sic and events un­der the Amer­sham Fes­ti­val of Mu­sic um­brella, and what a mar­vel­lous pro­gramme.

Those of you who did not have a ticket for this truly won­der­ful evening of mu­sic missed the warm and sen­su­ous play­ing of Le­land Chen, the cel­e­brated vi­o­lin­ist whose ca­reer re­ally took off when he won first prize in the Ye­hudi Menuhin In­ter­na­tional Vi­olin com­pe­ti­tion.

The con­cert opened with Brahms Vi­olin con­certo in D Ma­jor, the au­di­ence were en­thralled from the very first or­ches­tral notes of the ma­jes­tic and spa­cious first move­ment, which are then taken up by the soloist; this is one of Brahms’ truly glo­ri­ous move­ments.

The tran­quil ada­gio start­ing with the solo oboe is then ex­panded by solo vi­olin, the mu­sic takes on a slightly melan­choly mid­dle sec­tion be­fore turn­ing once again to the open­ing melody be­tween solo oboe and vi­olin, then tak­ing us through to the end of the con­certo is the gay and un­re­strained third move­ment.

Only the slight­est of pauses be­fore the au­di­ence erupted into spon­ta­neous very well de­served ap­plause.

Af­ter the in­ter­val we all set­tled down to lis­ten to Men­delssohn’s Sym­phony No 3 (Scot­tish), which, he said, started to take form when visiting the ru­ined chapel of Mary Stu­art while on his visit to Scot­land.

In­deed you can al­most feel the in­spi­ra­tion com­ing fr from the ru­ined ch chapel as we are then le led through the tu tur­bu­lent Al­le­gro.

The out­stand­ing pl play­ing of the A Amer­sham Fes­ti­val C Cham­ber Or­ches­tra, an and their in­spir­ing c con­duc­tor Iain Led­ing­ham, take us through some of Men­delssohn’s most in­spir­ing mu­sic end­ing with the fi­nal ‘Al­le­gro guer­riero,’ a tour de force for the mu­si­cians end­ing with a glo­ri­ous hymn of thanks­giv­ing in the ra­di­ant key of A ma­jor.

Again the au­di­ence re­sponded with more spon­ta­neous ap­plause af­ter yet an­other evening of won­der­ful mu­sic and pro­fes­sion­al­ism from all con­cerned.

And thank you to ev­ery­one, it was an amaz­ing con­cert and I think we all left on a dif­fer­ent plain af­ter such a fan­tas­tic evening.

So those of you who missed this su­perb con­cert do make sure you get a ticket for fu­ture events.

For in­for­ma­tion about fur­ther events go to www. amer­sham­fes­ti­val.org.

Elated: Le­land Chan with the fes­ti­val’s Iain Led­ing­ham

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