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Review of The Royal Northern Sinfonia at the Cambridge Corn Exchange on Friday 23rd January 2015

January 24, 2015

The Royal Northern Sinfonia presented a delightful programme at the Cambridge Corn Exchange on Friday – the same night that Cambridge was buzzing with ‘that special football game’. Notwithstanding, there was an appreciative, large audience at the Corn Exchange that thoroughly enjoyed the works by Mozart, Saint Saëns and Barber.
With Kyra Humphreys at the helm as leader, conductor and violin soloist, we were destined for a splendid concert of first-rate music.
The evening opened with the famous ‘Adagio for Strings’ by Barber which this string ensemble expressed exquisitely, pulling every nuance of constrained passion from every note. The sound this group produced was sheer magic.
Then Kyra played solo violin for Mozart’s Violin Concerto no. 4 in D major, K218. In this, soloist and orchestra worked as one, the phenomenal virtuosic passages performed with ease to become an integral, meaningful part of this charming concerto.
In the Cello Concerto No. 1 in A major, Op. 33 by Saint Saëns, Cambridge-bred Natalie Clein wowed the listeners as she played with amazing agility and intimate, intense vigour. In her hands, her instrument, the ‘Simpson’ Guadagnini cello of 1777, produced the most beautiful sound from a cello that I’ve ever heard.
The concert ended with a cheerful, up-lifting performance by the orchestra of Mozart’s familiar Symphony No. 29 in A major, K201.
This was indeed a wonderful evening