Norwich Theatre Royal has embarked on a mission to bring us more concerts from internationally renowned performers and judging from the packed auditorium this Sunday evening they have found an eager audience.

The impressive orchestra was joined by guitar soloist Miloš Karadaglić who was born in Montenegro and has formed a solid international reputation including being known as the ‘King of Aranjuez’ after releasing a 2014 recording of the Rodrigo classic. We are treated to his performance of this and it is indeed vary impressive. He later performs two Villa Lobos Preludes and a lesser know work by Uruguayan composer Isaias Sávio, a lively samba dance tune entitled Batacuda.

The orchestra performed two popular works to start and conclude the concert, opening appropriately with The Barber of Seville Overture from Rossini and rounding off an enjoyable evening with a stirring version of Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony. The orchestra was conducted by the flamboyant José Luis Gomez.

By balancing some classical favourites with some less well known pieces the producers of this concert gave us a great evening of music, but also provoked our interest in newer composers and works. A clever balance that I hope will be repeated in future concerts in the Theatre Royal.

© Julian Swainson 2019


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