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20 April 2013 - Echoes of Bach: Principal players of Aurora Orchestra at Kings Place
A glittering 5-star review from Bachtrack.

Bachtrack *****


"With its inventive programming, the Aurora Orchestra are something of a wild child in the classical music world. But in rebelling against the norm, it also goes against the grain of predictabilitly. Having Busoni’s own composition – the fourth movement from the Violin Sonata no. 2 in E minor – follow the various transcriptions was like having a breather, a change of track, whilst still keeping within the “echoes of Bach” remit. The final movement is a theme-and-variations take on the chorale “Wie wohl ist mir” from the Anna Magdalena Notebook, and Busoni reimagines and reinterprets the theme in sprightly, dark, and mysterious ways before restating the theme once more. Violinist Thomas Gould’s emphatic opening statement, with the deservedly dramatic and delicate turns that followed, made for an entertaining (but certainly not frivolous) performance. Reid’s sensitive accompaniment could not be underestimated."
Bachtrack, Julia Savage *****

 

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