"Engaging" and "characterful" recital by Brass Ensembles
Friday 22 April
The Brass Ensembles performed three contrasting and characterful pieces in Wednesday's lunchtime recital. The concert started with a vibrant performance of Concerto for trumpets and timpani by Altenburg. This was a fine performance with charming imitative passages, clear communication and a dynamic rhythm at its core. The next piece, Allegro moderato (Sonata) by Poulenc provided a contrast in the programme and started in an upbeat style with a firm sense of unity in playing. This led into a serene and colourful passage; the ensemble perfectly capturing the intended mood. Struth by Chris Hazell provided further contrast and a stylish element to the recital. 'Start Tapping' contains a sprightly theme on the trumpet which was played with character. Punchy melodies and chromaticism added energy and it was thoroughly engaging. 'Restin’ Up' took a more reflective style and featured a rousing development, displaying great communication and musicality. 'Trekkin’ Home' presented memorable themes which were passed around the ensemble. This stylish and rhythmic piece was a great close to the concert. Well done!