Magazine article Musical Opinion

Northern Sinfonia Classic fM Concert Series: Sage, Gateshead

Magazine article Musical Opinion

Northern Sinfonia Classic fM Concert Series: Sage, Gateshead

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To start an orchestral concert with Arvo Part's piece for solo cello and piano Spiegel im Spiegel was indeed a very bold move. This gentle, fragile music, sensitively played by Guy Johnston and Kate Thompson, on February 17 created a most intimate mood, preparing the audience for what was to be a stunning performance of The Lark Ascending by Vaughan Williams. The Part is tender, delicate music, requiring tremendous focus and concentration from both performers and audience. The universal statement 'The quietest voice has the most volume' is particularly appropriate for this music and indeed for The Lark Ascending. Actors have long understood that you draw an audience into the very heart of the drama by speaking quieter and quieter. Such techniques stimulate a greater concentration from the listener and it becomes a hypnotic ingredient of the drama of performance. It does require great courage and an intuitive connection with both the music and the audience. This special quality of musical sensitivity was apparent throughout the whole of this concert, but in the performance of these first two pieces, simply outstanding.

This stillness and mesmerising ambiance was obvious from the first notes of The Lark Acending. Bradley Creswick possesses such a warm, rich violin sound combined with an intuitive musicianship that is completely at one with the required atmosphere and stillness of this piece. The conductor Ainârs Rubikis achieved a flawless orchestral balance with instrumental entries that were seamless, allowing the solo violin to dance and sparkle. …

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