"the gross and scope of my opinion ..." Hamlet I,1.
Thursday, November 15, 2012
ESSEX SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
King Edward VI School
better way to herald a sixtieth anniversary than Beethoven's mighty
Ninth ? The Essex Symphony Orchestra joined forces with Felsted
Choral Society, and four excellent soloists, and, just this once,
moved back to their old home at the Grammar School for this
was a Gluck overture, too, plus Byrd and a charming new madrigal by
Roger Lawrence, whose choir this is, two choral works celebrating the
the Choral Symphony was the climax. Not perhaps the best performance
they've given under Tom Hammond's direction, though after a tentative
start some aggressive percussion injected excitement into the opening
Allegro. Well sustained brass and woodwind in the carefully
controlled Scherzo, and serene, expansive strings in the Adagio.
then the famous marathon Finale, reinforcements to the left of us,
with Ashley Mercer's impressive intervention, and to the right of us
with three more percussionists, and both choir and orchestra rising
to the occasion, although in this unforgiving acoustic, the singers
sometimes struggled to be heard from behind the players. An exquisite
quartet from the soloists, a jaunty march introduced by the
contra-bassoon, and a truly thrilling sprint to the finish.