Gergely Madaras conducts Sinfonia Viva,
reviewed by MIKE WHEELER
Recently appointed to a Charles Mackerras Fellowship at English National Opera, young Hungarian conductor Gergely Madaras was at the helm of Sinfonia Viva's invigorating evening of Haydn, Beethoven and a world premiere (Assembly Rooms, Derby, UK, 19 March 2013).
In Haydn's Symphony 103, the opening drum-roll that gives the work its nickname was a flamboyant flourish -- not what Haydn wrote, but effective, especially when it came back later in the opening movement. With Viva's strings producing an attractively grainy sound, Madaras presided over a performance full of character, not least in a sturdily rustic account of the minuet, pointing up affinities with Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony in the trio section.
Breaking silence is four-movement percussion concerto by Fraser Trainer commissioned jointly by Viva with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Australia, the Borletti-Buitoni Trust and the Fidelio Trust...
Copyright © 30 March 2013