Albert Hall, Albinoni’s Trumpet Concerto in B Flat, Angels from the Realms of Glory, Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No.3 in G major, In the Bleak Mid-Winter, Manchester Camerata, Nicholas Kraemer, The Trumpet Shall Sound, Tine Thing Helseth
The Trumpet Shall Sound
Manchester Camerata & Tine Thing Helseth
Albert Hall, 14 December 2014
As winter afternoon darkened to early evening, the silvery light fading from the frankly rather staid (monochrome, non-figurative) glass windows of Albert Hall, we enjoyed a bumper compendium of baroque concertos and traditional Christmas carols.
The highlights for me were Albinoni’s Trumpet Concerto in B Flat, a work full of lovely melodies that delighted the ear as they teased the mind, and Corelli’s classic Christmas Concerto – the latter just wonderful. It was wonderful also to hear Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No.3 in G major in all its glory, Nicholas Kraemer conducting a sizable ensemble of musicians and playing the harpsichord while he was at it. An absorbing experience.
In Tine Thing Helseth, a supremely accomplished trumpeter, Manchester Camerata bought another young musician to the fore, to the delight of this audience. She joined Manchester Camerata’s musicians for a couple of the concertos and for the carols ‘In the Bleak Mid-Winter’ and ‘Angels from the Realms of Glory’. At the end, as an encore, she played a splendid, very touching Norwegian Christmas song called, I think, ‘My Heart Is Ever Present’. You are surprised to learn that just over two hours have passed.
Forthcoming concerts by Manchester Camerata can be viewed here.