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Dvorak music fills Marina Theatre

PUBLISHED: 14:57 16 May 2009 | UPDATED: 09:36 06 July 2010

AS part of the RPO's International Concert Series, the Prague Symphony Orchestra was at the Marina Theatre, in Lowestoft, on Thursday.

All was by Dvorák, and there is something special about how orchestras approach music by their compatriots.

AS part of the RPO's International Concert Series, the Prague Symphony Orchestra was at the Marina Theatre, in Lowestoft, on Thursday.

All was by Dvorák, and there is something special about how orchestras approach music by their compatriots.

Although not formed until 30 years after his death, I am sure the composer would have approved.

The relatively little-known Noonday Witch made a strange beginning, with its macabre story of the death of a naughty child vividly depicted, although musically it was a fine performance.

Nina Kotova was the soloist in the Cello Concerto.

The long wait to hear her was worthwhile, revealing ultimately some dazzling playing on a 1673 Stradivarius, mellow at times but with all required intensity and power to match the full orchestra.

The serene slow movement included particularly impressive horn playing.

As the finale started, the soloist had in mind a faster speed than conductor Petr Altrichter, but it did not take long to agree on a compromise.

The seventh symphony concluded the concert, again with confident and assured playing throughout.

The theatre was not full, but perhaps this was not the most accessible programme: maybe the New World Symphony or some Slavonic Dances would have brought others in.

David Bunkell

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