“Written in the Wind” was the title of the latest Lichfield cathedral concert by the Darwin Ensemble Chamber Orchestra. This was DECO stripped back to its basic wind and brass section – just eight players in all, directed by veteran principal oboe, George Caird.
But any fear that an all-wind programme might lead to monotony was very quickly dispelled. As Caird pointed out, this was a favourite line-up of Mozart’s – and the concert opened with Mozart’s moody C minor Wind Serenade. After a slightly shaky start, this blossomed into a taut-paced, enjoyable performance.
And if three of Triebensee’s wind-band arrangements of arias from Mozart’s Don Giovanni tended to point up just how imaginative, by contrast, was Mozart’s own scoring – well, they were played with irresistible charm. After the interval came Dvorak’s wonderfully folksy Wind Serenade; adorable music, played with bright-eyed enthusiasm and real tenderness. Peter Wilson went at Dvorak’s delightfully incongruous cello part as if it was the same composer’s Cello Concerto. Simply terrific.
by Richard Bratby