Review: Dvořák and Mahler (2022)

‘An amazing and memorable experience’

These were the words of journalist and blogger Rosemary Westwell about Ely Sinfonia’s concert on Saturday 30th April 2022.  She said “It’s at times like these that we really appreciate the first-rate concerts that we have in our magnificent Ely Cathedral.”

In our first full orchestral concert since lockdown, we played two pieces, Dvořák’s Serenade for Strings and Mahler’s  Symphony No 1, arguably one of the greatest musical treats in the orchestral repertoire.

About the Dvořák, Rosemary commented that “The richness of the massed stringed instruments was infused with warmth. This charming work in the hands of these fine instrumentalists took us on an amazing, varied journey ranging from joyful emotional heights, rhythmic buoyancy, rapid sweeping climaxes to delicate wistfulness. ”

She was equally impressed by the Mahler, which she said: “(it) gave us much to think about and as I left the concert, my mind was still buzzing with the excitement of the work.  All life was here and such meaningful effects were only possible through the unsurmountable skill and dedication of these excellent instruments led by their phenomenal conductor, Steve Bingham.”