Concert April 2018
- Mozart Regina Coeli K.108
- Haydn Cello Concerto No.1 in C with cello soloist: Margarita Balanas.
- Haydn Schöpfungsmesse (Creation Mass) No.13 in B flat
- Charlotte Beament – Soprano
- Emma Stannard – Mezzo Soprano
- Tom Elwin – Tenor
- Dingle Yandell – Bass/Baritone
- Margarita Balanas – Cello solo
Liz Flower (replacing James Toll)
Concert Review by Duncan Eves
Winchester Music Club’s project to perform the complete Haydn Masses is an ambitious and imaginative piece of programme planning and their second concert in this series was an unqualified success under their conductor, David Thomas.
The ‘Creation’ Mass may not be one of the better-known of Haydn’s late works, but on this showing, it certainly deserves wider circulation. The Music Club choir sang with energy and enthusiasm, attacking the choral entries and exercising good control over the dynamic contrasts. The joy of the Gloria and the solemnity of the Crucifixus were caught very well, aided by the technically accomplished orchestra who played throughout the concert with great musicality.
Delightful accompaniments were provided by the organ and bassoon in the Et incarnatus and rustic sounding horn and timpani in the Sanctus. It was good to hear the choir sounding so energised in the final Dona nobis pacem after the long sing of the previous movements. The four soloists, Charlotte Beament, Emma Stannard, Tom Elwin and Dingle Yandell blended well together and tackled their solos with appropriate operatic aplomb, the soprano and tenor, in particular, seeming to capture the mood of the music.
Mozart’s Regina Coeli, which opened the concert, allowed Charlotte to display her
considerable coloratura skills and was followed by a stunning, bravura performance of Haydn’s C major Cello Concerto. The young Latvian cellist, Margarita Balanas, is surely a star in the making. Her playing was stylish and musically assured, inspiring the orchestra to play with equal virtuosity. The two outer movements were performed with flair and passion, while the meditative aria of the slow movement floated effortlessly through the hall.
The audience rightly cheered and were rewarded with an encore of the Prelude from Bach’s First Cello Suite. Exquisite music making for Palm Sunday