REVIEW: Rosanna Ter-Berg and Friends at Chichester Chamber Concert
This interesting combination of instruments performed at the City's Assembly Room to a full house in a largely Franco-Belgian programme.
Flautist Rosanna Ter-Berg and harpist Olivia Jageurs provided the nucleus of the ensemble, with the addition of a string trio in many of the works.
The key work in the programme was the Sonata for Flute, Harp and Viola by Claude Debussy. The violist Kay Stephen provided a rich string sound to accompany the flute and harp, and all three players gave of their best. The accuracy and the quality of ensemble playing was impressive and it was a moving performance of this seminal work.
The other two string players Gemma Sharples [violin] and Anna Menzies [cello] made up the group into a quintet performing works by Marcel Tournier, André Jolivet and Joseph Jongen. After a shaky start with the Tournier, the group warmed up in the remarkable atonal quintet by Jolivet which included some real virtuoso playing by the flautist and harpist.
A wonderful contrast to the quintets in the first half of the programme, was provided by Mozart’s C major Flute Quartet played sensitively by the string trio with the flute. The contrast in the second half was a String Trio by Gerald Finzi “Prelude and Fugue in A minor” which deserves to be better known.
The concert ended with a quintet by the Belgian composer Joseph Jongen entitled “Concerto à Cinq”. This composition also deserves to be better known and Rosanna Ter-Berg and Olivia Jageurs are to be congratulated for creating such an interesting programme from such a limited repertoire for this type of instrumental group.
Don’t miss out on all the latest breaking news where you live.
Here are four ways you can be sure you’ll be amongst the first to know what’s going on.
1) Make our website your homepage
2) Like our Facebook page
3) Follow us on Twitter
4) Register with us by clicking on ‘sign in’ (top right corner). You can then receive our daily newsletter AND add your point of view to stories that you read here.
And do share with your family and friends - so they don’t miss out!
Always the first with your local news.
Be part of it.