|Cellia, our cover girl for Sunday's Concert|
A very interesting concert it was as well.
As a heavy brass player I do quite often only play a small (but perfectly formed) part in concerts, it is the nature of the instruments I play that they tend not to be in constant use, a fairly usual concert would be to play in the Overture and then the first and last movements of the symphony. On a good day I might get to play in the last movement of a concerto as well. Last night's concert was a bit different, not least because we didn't play a symphony! (I know it is a symphony orchestra but that doesn't mean we have to play one every time!)
The Marimba is a sort of Xylophone on steroids. It has a wonderful warm rich sound and in the hands of a Virtuoso like Larisa Sceadei really comes back to life. At one point it felt as though the whole Church was resonating with the sounds from the lower notes, all the wood in the building sharing it's song.
The Ibert Divertissement is not often played, but one of my favorite pieces for a long time, indeed the very first record (one of those old fashioned vinyl 12inch things) was of the Saint-Saens Carnival of the Animals, the Ibert is on the "B" side, I still have that record and play it occasionally, yet I think this Sunday was the very first time I have heard it performed live. Given that, and the unbridled license to let rip in "Firebird" it will still be the Marimba that I remember most.