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