Aurora Orchestra - Principal Players
Sally Pryce (harp)
Ruth Gibson (viola)
Tom Service (presenter)
Streamed live online 7pm, Friday 26 February 2021
Kings Place, London
Thea Musgrave (b.1928): Light at the End of the Tunnel
Maurice Ravel (1875-1937): Introduction and Allegro
Anna Meredith (b.1978): Music for Ravens
Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958) (arr. Iain Farrignton (b.1977)): The Lark Ascending
Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847): Octet in E flat major, Op. 20
'Strikingly moving, and Aurora violist Ruth Gibson commanded the empty stage, a resonant cry of anguish contrasting with the glassy harmonics in this fleeting miniature'.
'Harpist Sally Pryce was impressive in the extensive solo passages, the close microphones allowing her to contrast dramatic sweeps with extreme delicacy and pianissimo detail'.
'The Aurora players’ intensity and command of the complexity was impressive'.
'Urioste’s solo was sweet, effortless and relaxed, with breathy tone at the start of the solo passage in the lower registers, gradually warming up as the lark rises higher and higher, with a naturalistic rhythmic flexibility'.
'Their performance was full of exhilarating life and energy ... The finale was a masterclass in joyous performance, with constant communication and clear delight'.
Read my full review on Backtrack here.