Mendelssohn, Pärt, Mozart and Beethoven from
Samuel Jacobs, Sinfonia Viva and Duncan Ward,
all impresses MIKE WHEELER
I commented after Sinfonia Viva's last concert in Derby Cathedral that Principal Conductor Duncan Ward's Beethoven is clearly not afraid to live dangerously, and I can happily repeat that, after one of the most viscerally exciting performances of the Seventh Symphony I've heard (Derby Cathedral, Derby, UK, 18 March 2015). Steadily unfolding slow introduction moved into fleet-footed allegro with an irresistible joie-de-vivre that carried the performance though all four movements, played with scarcely a break. The Andante moved at a swift but not unhurried pace, as did the trio section of a nicely bouncy scherzo...
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