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REVIEW: The Golden Consort
3:28pm Wednesday 23rd October 2013 in Entertainments
BAROQUE music lovers were in for a treat when they attended the inaugural concert of the Golden Consort at Wardour Chapel on October 12.
This early music chamber ensemble, based in Salisbury, consists of experienced musicians playing period instruments.
The programme comprised works by Purcell, Handel and Vivaldi and opened with the aptly titled Golden Sonata by Purcell.
This set the tone for the whole evening, demonstrating the ensemble’s stylistic playing with some especially beautiful quiet passages in the slow movement.
Tenor Colin Howard was the soloist in a selection of Handel’s German arias.
His vivid and expressive singing conveyed perfectly the joy of these pieces which rejoice in the beauty of creation.
His sympathetic interpretation was again evident in Purcell’s Music for a While in which the haunting ground bass accompaniment was played with clarity and sensitivity by Hilary Brooks (cello).
Handel’s Sonata in A minor featured Miranda Dodd (treble recorder) as soloist.
This was fluent, stylish playing, ably supported by Matthew Dodd (bassoon), who negotiated some challenging passages with masterful dexterity.
Two Vivaldi concertos featuring all instrumentalists concluded each half of the programme.
La Pastorella in D major showcased some virtuosic wind playing from Louise Stewart (treble recorder) and Lysander Tennant (oboe) and the final G minor concerto gave all players a chance to shine.
Sharon Gould directed expertly from the harpsichord throughout, and entertained the audience to two of Bach’s Goldberg variations. A chance to hear more of her fine solo playing would have been welcome.
We look forward with anticipation to more golden moments from this exciting ensemble.
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