It was a joy to sit in a pleasantly cool St Leonard’s Church Eynsham on a very warm
Saturday afternoon, listening to the Freeland orchestra 2019 summer concert. The
audience were treated to a short programme of pieces performed by the orchestra under
conductor Wendy Marks.
Opening with Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito Overture, written in the final year of
Mozart’s life and commissioned for the occasion of the coronation of Leopold II as
King of Bohemia in Prague, the opera did not enjoy an immediate success, but as performed
today, was an uplifting opening piece. This was followed by Beethoven’s Symphony
No1 in C Major, Beethoven's bold musical experimentation ably performed to emphasize
the pleasant melodies and the conductor’s rich interpretation.
The third piece, Brahms Hungarian Dance No.6, was the first of two dances. Most of
the Hungarian dances are rapid, energetic pieces. Imitating the spirit of Hungarian
folk music the sixth dance begins with a quick tempo, then becomes even more frenzied.
To conclude the concert and a delight for the audience was the Hungarian Dance no.5.
Played with enthusiasm and rhythmic tension, the interplay of violins, piccolo and
flutes provided the essential ‘gypsy’ sound raising the musical temperature to match
the day’s warmth.
A very pleasant way to spend a Saturday afternoon; we look forward to the November