Marbella, May 2018 – by Morris Bishop
It ended all too soon!
Antonio Salieri was a contemporary of Mozart who’s works had to a great extent been dropped from the repertoire until the screening of ‘Amadeus’ where he was fictitiously portrayed as the poisoner of Mozart’ His requiem is a massive choral work to take on but both orchestra and choir and the four soloists of Louise Wayman Soprano, Natalie Sinnott-Mezzo-soprano, Alberto Sousa-tenor, and Ryan Hugh Ross-Bass, all of whom’s performances were faultless and musically quite beautiful.
Nicholas Harcourt-Smith was the oboist in Hummel’s Introduction, Theme & Variations that had the audience mesmerised with his display of dexterity. And then one of my favourites, the Mozart’s Gloria Misa Coronación with Orchestra, Choir and Soloists delivering a Joyous and exuberant performance.
The finale was Te Deum (sacred hymn) by Michael. Haydn, the younger brother of F.J Haydn that again got everybody involved to brilliant effect under the proverbial magic wand of the director of music, Annemarie Philips, with arrangements by Delyth Bressington and the voices and instrumentalists numbering some 100, every single one should be extremely proud of their achievement, with a special note to the four voices – very rarely have I ever heard better.