Monday, January 25, 2016

Music and The Globe and Evensong at Pembrooke

Sam Wanamaker playhouse at Shakespeares Globe
After preaching at the 0830 and going for a run I went to the Globe to hear a concert by Felicity Lott and the London Sinfonia in the wonderful Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.

They began with an arrangement on Till Eulenspiegel and then Berg's Four Pieces for [Piano and] Clarinet arranged by Colin Matthews for Clarinet and a non-piano chamber group.  We then got JS Bach's Prelude and Fugue in C BWV547 arranged by David Matthews for a string and wind octet. Finally Felicity appears and gives us, with a delicious pre-performance commentary, the closing scene of Richard Strauss 's Cappricio ("without the Major domo - it's Sunday so he has the day off!") where she is supposed to choose between words and music but is unable to do so.  What a great performer! David Matthews was in the audience and to re-orchestrate R Strauss, one of the greatest masters of orchestration of all time, is quite something!

Afterwards we had Schoenberg's Kammersymphonie arranged by Webern: played with great energy but I'm afraid it rather left me cold. There was then an arrangement of Im Dorfe from Winterreise by David Matthews. Following which Felicity returned for Lehar's saucy Komm zu mir zum Tee and two songs by Oscar Straus (whose real name was Strauss but he didn't want people to think he was a relative of Johann or Richard Strauss): Jede Frau had irgendeine Sehsucht and the delicious Warum soll einne Frau kein Verhaltnis haben? which brought the house down.

And encore was demanded and Felicty asked which we wanted. Some called "the last one", some "the first". I said "we can't choose" but she gave us the last to great acclaim.

David Matthews and I went backstage afterwards to see Felicity and I told her that the last time I'd been at the Sam Wanamaker was to see our mutual friend Janie Dee's cabaret, - the last time I'd seen Felicity was at another cabaret of Janie's.

Then to Cambridge for evensong at Pembrooke where Son, Daughter-in-law and younger grandson were singing (as part of the OLEM choir) with Pembrooke Choir for evensong. Remarkably good sermon by a recent Pembrooke graduate about the conversion of St Paul.

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