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The earlier masters included Gibbons and Byrd, Gabrieli and Schütz,
Purcell and Bach, all caught up in the wondrous diversity of developing
styles and intricacies of contrapuntal weaving. I am always intrigued by
the younger choirboys peering over their copies at Stephen Cleobury's
passionate direction and reacting instantaneously. This programme was a
killer for any less than those experienced in musical marathons. The conclusion
to this programme was no sweet miniature or musical blessing. Bach's
motet Lobet den Herrn rang out with the joyful excitement
implicit in its construction and driving force.
The current organ scholar, Benjamin Bayl from Sydney, played a few organ
pieces with the assurance and flair which will take this 22 year-old far
in whatever aspect of music he pursues.
On a fine summer evening a fortnight later I went to another festival
event held in neighbouring Ely cathedral. The European Chamber Orchestra
led and directed by Lavard Skov Larsen gave us a delicious concert of delectable
music: J.C. Bach's Symphony in G minor, Haydn's Symphony No 65
in A, Grieg's Elegiac Melodies, and with William Fong, Mozart's
Piano Concerto in A K414.
Copyright © 17 August 2000
Basil Ramsey, Eastwood, Essex, UK
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