Garry Walker conducts Sinfonia Viva,
heard by MIKE WHEELER
Conductor Garry Walker knows how to talk to an audience. His (genuinely) funny story was not at all relevant to the evening's concert but it did help everyone to loosen up a bit (Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham, 4 February 2013).
Not that there was much danger of things getting stiff and formal after Haydn's endearingly quirky Symphony No 70. Sinfonia Viva's playing covered every expressive twist on the journey -- punchy energy in the first movement, the minor-key sections of the second movement verging on sternness, rustic vigour in the minuet, and a wonderfully batty conclusion...
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