The second weekend of the Aldeburgh Festival
The Britten-Pears Alumni concert this year featured Arcadia Quartet with a rousing performance of Haydn, plenty of wooping in Bartók’s Romanian Dances and a premiere of a new work by Fabià Santcovsky.
Our third and final exploration of Boulez’s work saw the Royal Academy’s Manson Ensemble playing extracts from Improvisations Sur Mallarmé I and II with introductions from Julian Anderson.
Friday concluded with the first of three performances by the always impressive Monteverdi Choir, who presented a sumptuous concert of Mozart and Bach to a packed Snape Maltings Concert Hall.
Saturday was another busy day, especially for Quatuor Diotima, who found time to play both in Aldeburgh Church with Mark Simpson and then a quick set on the Bandstand on the Beach.
Monteverdi Choir returned to the stage, this time with the choir contrasting with the solo violin of Isabelle Faust.
Saturday finished with a late-night treat of Aimard, Benjamin and Friends, featuring a host of special moments, including a premiere of Martin Suckling’s new piece Visiones, commissioned especially for this year’s Festival, as well as the two artistic powerhouses of this year’s festival dueting together on Ravel’s Mother Goose.
Sunday brought a real highlight of the Festival for many this year – Quartet for the End of Time, assembling the various talents of Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Isabelle Faust, Mark Simpson and Jean-Guihen Queyras in Blythburgh Church’s rarefied surroundings.
We then returned to Snape on Sunday night for Arcangelo and Christine Rice for a concert including a passionate and heart wrenching performance of Britten’s Phaedra.