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Archive for October 15th, 2007

Caught the lunchtime concert by the Scottish Ensemble with Toby Spence on at RSAMD Friday.      I heard Toby Spence singing in the Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings in Perth a while back, and have been haunted by the experience since!

We started  with Benjamin Britten’s Three Divertimenti which were played as if freshly minted with incredible detail.    It was really exciting to listen and watch the complicated rhythms being passed about.

Next was Elgar’s Serenade.   The tunes were familiar, but the delight of the Scottish Ensemble in particular is making the familiar seem new.    The exquisite restraint in the slow movement was breathtaking.

And finally, we had Finzi’s cantata Dies Natalis with Toby Spence.    What a fine singer he is, and he has such an expressive voice and manner to really put across the piece.

All in all, an hour of probably the most passionate string playing around.   It was utterly thrilling.     One hour of world class music.

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