A Balanced Exploration
MIKE WHEELER listens to Ensemble Viva
play Schumann, Mendelssohn and Beethoven
We're used to Sinfonia Viva's bold, adventurous programming, but it's good to be reminded from time to time that they can also cut the mustard in an entire programme of more familiar repertoire. Not that their concert of Schumann, Mendelssohn and Beethoven with hot-shot young conductor Nicholas Collon went for the obvious choices (Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham, UK, 8 December 2011).
A balanced exploration of both the tender and the forceful in the introduction to Schumann's Overture, Scherzo and Finale was the starting-point for sprightly and vigorous playing in the allegro, a scherzo kept light and airy, and a buoyant, celebratory finale...
Copyright © 14 December 2011