A great performance
Bay Of Plenty Symphonia Miscellany concert November 11 at Baycourt By Mal Brady
The orchestra shared with us a varied and enjoyable programme. Startingwith the Mozart overture Cossi fan tutte, they set the scene for an afternoon of great music.
Jumping forward 136 years The Nielsen flute concerto is a challenging piece. Soloist Bridget Douglas took us on a wonderful journey. Beautiful phrases mixedwith spectacular technique and articulations, she presented a clear understanding of this flute concerto and what timbres the flute is capable of. We could certainly hear the composer’s connections with the Copenhagen Wind Quintet because the soloist was often having musical conversations with the other wind players supported by some great string playing.
The addition of the bass trombone added glissandos and varied articulations. Joe Thomas deserves special mention here for stunning musicianship. The audience loved the performance. Bridget introduced Slow movement of Philippe Gauberts Sonata, arranged by conductor Justus Rozemond. We were treated to a lyrical and wonderful arrangement, once again allowing Bridget’s flute virtuosity to shine.
The orchestra felt in more familiar territory with Beethoven’s 1st Symphony. Movement 3was assured and confident. Onlywritten 10 years after the Mozart overture, it has challenging runs, particularly in movement four but the audience loved the tumbling forward energy.
The last piece, Summer Evening, was my highlight of the orchestral pieces. Special mention to Cor Anglais and other wind solos. Wonderful orchestration had us enjoying the viola section and then passingmelodies to other strings. Some beautiful playing and phrases from all players.
As we all returned to our own summer evening, we had enjoyed a great concert.
Flautist Bridget Douglas.