Review: Derby Concert Orchestra, Derby Cathedral, 15.12.12
Music with film
and television connections was the dominant theme of Derby Concert
Orchestra's Christmas concert.
First up, though,
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was a piece with no discernible connection to either films or
Christmas: one-time popular concert opener, the overture to Herold's
opera Zampa, was played with real panache.
In the Adagio from
Khachaturian's ballet Spartacus the orchestra and conductor
Jonathan Trout captured the music's romantic sweep, marred only by
some insecure woodwind tuning. The orchestra clearly enjoyed
themselves in Victor Young's James Bond medley, starting with Monty
Norman's iconic Bond theme and taking in song hits from some of the
other films along the way.
Both halves of the
concert featured so-called 'symphonic pictures' of The sound
of music and My fair lady by ace Broadway orchestrator
Robert Russell Bennett. The orchestra's idiomatic playing couldn't
disguise the fact that they are both way too long, as though Bennett
couldn't decide which songs to leave out.
centre-piece was The sorcerer's apprentice played with a
keen relish for Dukas' vivid story-telling and shimmering
orchestral colours, while Leroy Anderson's A Christmas festival
(wrongly titled Christmas overture in the programme) provided
a seasonal nod alongside the audience carols.