Four Seasons in one evening
MORE than 250 classical music fans watched one of Germany’s finest chamber orchestras perform at the Christ Church Cathedral, Grafton, on Monday.
The Cologne New Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra took advantage of the cathedral’s soaring acoustics to deliver concertos, a canon and nocturne from five well-known composers during the two-hour plus performance.
Crowd favourites included the highly rotated concertos from Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons which even the less-than-seasoned listener would have recognised thanks to its commercial success through all those television ads for luxury cars that highlight the emotive strains from Vivaldi’s most famous piece.
Violins were the driving force behind most items featured from Bach and Tchaikovsky except Mozart’s which showcased the flute in all its fluttering glory.
The ‘pop’ song of the evening was Pachelbel’s Canon, which the orchestra believed was ‘almost too short to warrant an introduction’ but proved a reliable favourite with many mainstream classical fans.
An encore provided a bonus dose of Vivaldi and a piece for ‘duelling violins’ which was the perfect vehicle for these musicians to highlight exactly what a world class performance is. Bravo!