A great per­for­mance

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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.

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