An Exciting Five Years
MIKE WHEELER was at
André de Ridder's last concert as
Principal Conductor of Sinfonia Viva
André de Ridder stepped down from his position as Sinfonia Viva's Principal Conductor after an evening that saw his partnership with the orchestra on peak form (Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham, UK, 28 March 2012).
However many performances of Handel's Zadok the Priest we're going to have to listen to in this royal jubilee year, there won't be many to equal the vitality of this one. Nottingham Harmonic Society's singing went for vigour and excitement rather than monumentality, and was all the better for it.
De Ridder then took a back seat, as soloist Antje Weitaas directed J S Bach's Violin Concerto in E -- an invigorating account, with the fast outer movements fresh and light on their feet, and the middle movement beautifully poised...
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