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Celebrating Cities on latitude 60°N German Romantics his year’s City of Each half of the prog- at Longborough T London Festival spot- lighted music from the ramme contained a piece for trombone and strings Festival Opera cities on latitude 60°N; which Mr Lindberg con- Kirkwall, Oslo, Stock- ducted from the trom- n what is proving a rewarding adjunct to its holm, Helsinki, Tallinn and St Petersburg, and as bone, and this somewhat curbed his exuberance I fully-staged productions, Longborough Festival Opera now includes in its summer Sweden assumed the and made his conduct- seasons programmes which allow it to explore presidency of the Euro- ing a lot clearer and aspects of the operatic repertoire in concert- pean Union on 1 July, more comfortable to performance. This such presentation on June the Festival did not miss watch. In the first half, 12 revolved around two persecuted tenors, in the opportunity to cele- the trombone piece was the roles of Florestan (Beethoven’s Fidelio) and brate the occasion on a special adaptation of Siegmund (Wagner’s Die Walküre), beefy, that date with its only Arvo Part’s Fratres for heroic roles which make huge demands upon concert this year in the trombone and strings, the singer. Great Hall of the Guild- and in the second half, It’s just as well that we only heard excerpts hall. It was held in the Mr Linberg made every- from these two operas, the Beethoven in bits presence of the Crown one remember the final and pieces, the Wagner restricted to Act One, Prince of Sweden, a plethora of ambassadors, piece of the concert – his own 25-minute perfectly self-standing in itself, since the clerics, politicians and dignitaries from the composition, Kundraan. The programme ann- chosen soloist was obviously uncomfortable in Nordic world, with music from Nordic ounces it as the first UK performance, but does pacing himself throughout the task. composers played by the Nordic Chamber Orch- not offer who Kundraan is or was, or what it The young New Zealand tenor Andrew estra with a Swedish conductor. means. Is it a figment of Lindberg’s imagination, Sritheran looks good on stage and engages The Norwegian contribution to the concert for throughout it certainly ran riot? To the well both with his fellow-performers and the was Grieg’s four-movement Holberg Suite, in strings, he added his own shouted text, of audience. But almost immediately from his which some of the tempos were not secured until mildly shocking nature, a
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