An evening with Mozart at Tayside Symphony Orchestra concert

Maggie Findlay showed her skill and expertise.
Maggie Findlay showed her skill and expertise.

The music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was the theme for the autumn concert by Tayside Symphony Orchestra in Forfar.

The performance was delivered with great aplomb, and was a fitting tribute to Mozart’s wide-ranging contributions to the classical music repertoire,

The first of two overtures - The Impresario Overture - was very vibrant, lively with a quick tempo. The second overture - La Clemenza di Tito - is a condensation of the musical ideas throughout the opera which has a majestic opening and a jubilant conclusion, the mood of which was captured well by the orchestra.

From opera, Maggie Findlay showed her skill and expertise with the gorgeous melody which she shared with the clarinet, expertly played by Bob Thomson, in Parto! Parto! from La Clemenza di Tito. Her other aria, Laudate Dominum, with its soaring soprano melody displayed in long, luxurious lines over a simple accompaniment provided by a group of singers trained by Mary Veal, was heavenly. Mozart wrote 41 symphonies, and he definitely saved the best till last. In No. 39, we enjoyed a masterpiece which includes one of Mozart’s most celebrated Minuets in the third movement, melodically introduced by the clarinets. Representing Mozart’s concerto compositions was the Concerto for Harp and Flute with soloists Sophie Agnew and Claire Echevarria. They brought to life the superb parade of attractive tunes in a melodic interpretation of the work ; the role played by horns in the third movement is also worthy of note. Mozart’s music is very demanding to play and there was abounding energy and enthusiasm shown by all players. I must single out the string section which, with extra sectional practices and superbly led by Angela Green,very much rose to the occasion. Conductor Ron Walker must be very pleased.