Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra, Sunday, The Apex
Our loss was also our gain at this afternoon programme underscored by drama. The loss was that of Anna Fedorova, too ill to perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No 5, The Emperor, but we gained a wonderful opportunity to hear Dinara Klinton, who took over at less than 24 hours notice.
Her interpretation of what experts describe as Beethoven’s most accessible but also difficult concerto was powerful but never pompous. She swept from the triumph of the first Allegro through the reflective Adagio to the energy of the Rondo, never losing track of the emotion and technical challenges each movement offers.
SPO founder, artistic director and conductor Leslie Olive’s programme offered surprises and delight. The surprise was Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll, which has a beautiful simplicity at odds with Wagner’s dark and gloomy image and is based on an intimate, personal composition celebrating his marriage and the birth of a son, Siegfried.
It was a delight to hear such superb performance in a venue which brings musicians and audience together. The orchestra and its conductor took obvious pleasure in giving us a fresh, vital performance of Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony and we shared a memorable afternoon of wonderful music.
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