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Cathedral Lunchtime Concerts – Free (St Mary’s Cathedral)

By | Published on Thursday 17 August 2017

Today in the daily concert series it was the turn of string orchestra Philomusica of Edinburgh, with French horn player Neil Mantle. The programme comprised of two early 20th century works composed within a year of each other – York Bowen’s ‘Quintet in C minor’ and Peter Warlock’s ‘Capriol Suite’. In the ambitious ‘Quintet’, while the music soared, paused and supported the lovely solo horn part in all the right places, the intonation was a little suspicious. I felt the second piece – based on Renaissance dances – worked better for Philomusica: the dances skipped along entertainingly, displaying a strong folk song revival influence, and contrasted interestingly with the intensity of the more complex ‘Quintet’.

St Mary’s Cathedral, until 31 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Louise Rodgers]