David Daniels and The English Concert
The Tallis Scholars sing Mouton, Praetorius, & Lassus

PBO's Wind and Waves

Elizabeth-blumenstock * Notes * 
Philharmonia Baroque gave an excellent concert last night in San Francisco. Their sound tends toward the clean and fastidious. The evening began with Francesco Maria Veracini's light, elegant Overture No. 6 in G minor followed by the jaunty Concerto a più instrumenti, Op. 5, No. 3 from Evaristo Felice Dall'Abaco. Vivaldi's Concerto in D minor was played very well, the violinists, Elizabeth Blumenstock and Lisa Weiss were incredible. Less coherent was the Suite for Zephyr, involving pieces by Rameau, Marin Marais, and Jean-Féry Rebel. The works had an effusiveness, and at one point the piccolo came in and the sound was so bright that it was startling.

The second half of the concert started with Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 2. The playing was lovely, though the trumpet sounded out of tune from the other instruments in the third movement. The part is very difficult, of course. Telemann's "Hamburger Ebb' und Fluth" was the finale, and was played beautifully.

* Tattling * 
The audience was only slightly chatty, but a person behind me in the orchestra section certainly fell asleep, I could hear loud breathing, and perhaps a few snores. The same person and his companion found the opening appeal for donations from the President of the Board of Directors to be very articulate, especially considering he did not use notes.