Prokofiev, Hummel, Sibelius and Mendelssohn from
Clare Hammond, Sinfonia Viva and Duncan Ward,
found irresistible by MIKE WHEELER
Prokofiev had his tongue in his cheek when he gave the name 'Classical' to his first symphony, which both celebrates his Haydn-Mozart models and subverts them at the same time. Sinfonia Viva and conductor Duncan Ward (Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham, UK, 29 November 2017) turned in a spruce, dapper performance which missed nothing of the impish undercurrents. The first movement's crispness, finesse and buoyancy, was matched by elegance and poise in the second...
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