Sudbury Symphony Orchestra’s spring concert featured Beethoven’s piano concerto no 5 with soloist Jill Morton, and Dvorak’s Symphony no 6 in D.
The first item on the bill was the infamous Emperor concerto. The opening allegro is a true conversation piece between soloist and orchestra, Matthew Andrews presiding well over the difficult interlocking sections. However, there were one or two moments of delay.
The second movement has such a sensitive and heartfelt opening it is possible to underplay the dynamic.
Jill Morton’s sterling effort through the first movement was wonderful. Such control was shown – her trills sparkled. Champagne bubbles fizzing, Jill continued to lead us into a hearty Rondo which was, well, clearly enjoyed by all.
The final piano run is always deceptive and it was such a shame pianist and orchestra missed each other – if only by the quaver.
The Dvorak is such an under rated work, and I was delighted to hear it tackled with such excitement and engaged playing.
What a pure pleasure it was to hear such crisp and clean flute playing from Beck Mair and Sue Heaton.
The first movement was joyful and we got the feel for all those folk tunes. The second movement, a juxtaposition with flashes of thunder and then straight back to serene calm seemed more hail storm summer shower. The finale movement was everything we could have asked for, it was truly wonderful to see and Sudbury Symphony orchestra engage with the entire symphony.