Spine-tingling– yet still tender
PERHAPS a special medal should be struck for musicians capable of outstanding feats of stamina.
If so, one would have to be awarded to conductor Paul Hale: the Bach Society's St John Passion last week followed by the Harmonic's Brahms' German Requiem this week – two masterpieces full of technical complexity and emotional profundity.
Nottingham Harmonic Society'
The Harmonic took the Requiem's vast canvas in its stride: tenderness in the outer movements as well as spine-tingling drama in the inexorable march of Denn alles Fleisch.
Rhythms were crisp, textures were clear and the text was transmitted with conviction.
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The Orchestra da Camera contributed to the spiritual power of the work, as did accomplished young soloists Monica Bancos (soprano) and James Oldfield (Bass).
Choir and orchestra were equally successful in Brahms' Song of Destiny.
As a curtain-raiser the orchestra performed Beethoven's Leonora Overture No 3, creating plenty of adrenalin in its final frenetic moments.