Royal Northern Sinfonia musicians do justice to the contrasting works of two famous American composers

Royal Northern Sinfonia musicians do justice to the contrasting works of two famous American composers

The Journal, Rob Barnes

Fans of American composers Samuel Barber and Aaron Copland must be in clover, with their music featuring in two concerts here within five days.
This time it was the turn of Barber’s famous Adagio for Strings and Copland’s less well-known Clarinet Concerto, together with two works by Mozart to complete a fine evening’s entertainment.
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Copland wrote his Clarinet Concerto in the late 1940s on a commission from the King of Swing, Benny Goodman.
Timothy Orpen, the orchestra’s principal clarinet, was the soloist and played with vigour and obvious enjoyment, moving with ease from the slow and reflective first movement to the boisterous second with its fast, jazzy pace.
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