Yet again, Andrew Padmore demonstrated what a good conductor he is, sensitively accompanying Nicola Benedetti and drawing fervour as well as precision from his choir. He is obviously a Mozartian to the core because he paced the works so convincingly.
Many congratulations to all but especially to Andrew Padmore for drawing all the threads together to produce such an amazingly rich performance of this wonderful and enduring masterpiece.
Under the authoritative baton of maestro Andrew Padmore the choir combined with the orchestra to give a strongly faith-affirming recital.
As usual, Andrew Padmore made sure that every attention to detail was observed…… This was a great performance and I was impressed by Andrew Padmore’s command of the many diverse aspects of the performance and equally, the way the choir responded to his direction.
Directed with his usual infectious energy, Padmore’s awareness of the varied and complex textures ensured that the forces blended together in a most satisfying whole.
The qualities of the Harrogate Choral Society, expertly prepared by their conductor Andrew Padmore, were again apparent: their clear articulation, precise entries, control of dynamics and, above all, in their energetic, bright sounds.
A choir, of course, owes much to its conductor and here the always-animated Andrew Padmore was in more ebullient form than ever, both in his extrovert yet utterly precise handling of the singers and in his compere role – the latter recalling the verbal gymnastics of Leonard Sachs in his ‘Good Old Days’ pomp.
However, it was Andrew’s overall direction of choir and orchestra which ensured that once again the audience went away feeling well satisfied and uplifted.
Conducted with great authority yet sensitivity by maestro Andrew Padmore, this immensely powerful performance of Verdi’s Requiem was greeted on conclusion with sustained, rapturous applause and is sure to be remembered by the delighted audience as one of the highlights of the year’s musical calendar.
The performance was, above all a triumph for the conductor Andrew Padmore. Quite apart from the meticulous preparation of the choirs, his assured interpretation of the piece combined excitement with inner strength and calm reflection.