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Ensemble

Real Poise

Sinfonia Viva at the Buxton Festival,
enjoyed by MIKE WHEELER

 

For their annual visit to the Buxton Festival (St John's Church, Buxton, Derbyshire, UK, 21 July 2010), Sinfonia Viva put together a programme of music for strings by three great opera composers (all of whom featured, one way or another, in the Festival's opera programme this year). The difference is, of course, that while for Mozart and Richard Strauss instrumental music was as important as their operatic output, for Verdi it was barely even a sideline.

All the same, his E minor String Quartet (heard here in Yuli Turovsky's version for string orchestra) is a substantial piece, even though it makes no claim to Beethovenian profundity...

Copyright © 24 July 2010 Mike Wheeler,
Derby UK

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GIUSEPPE VERDI

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