Cappella Neerlandica positief ontvangen in Offton, UK

Op Zondag 21 februari gas Cappella een concert in de prachtige kathedraal in Offton, Engeland. Carolin Comberti (Offton Charity Concerts by Candlelight) publiceerde daaropvolgende een prachtige recensie.

by Carolin Comberti, Ipswich, 21 February 2010

On 21st February on a damp, cold evening a crammed Offton church enjoyed an excellent concert by Cappella Neerlandica, a group of 7 Dutch male singers who had come over for a short tour of Suffolk, including Norwich Cathedral and Great St Mary’s in Cambridge, to perform a stunning programme of Medieval church music. We were treated to a performance of Guillaume de Machaut’s Messe de Notre Dame in the first half where the voices blended beautifully to convey the intricacies of the early Gregorian harmonies with exciting crushed notes and complicated rhythms.

We were then presented to a delicious spread of refreshments with a wide selection of Dutch cheeses, fruit, wine, breads and biscuits and we had the chance to socialise with other members of the congregation and with the soloists, all of whom spoke excellent English. The church looked very warm and glowing, lit by ‘hundreds’ of candles and with efficient overhead strip heaters to keep out the cold. I ate my snack standing at the font which was draped decoratively with a colourful cloth thus providing a very good cocktail table.

In the second half we heard the Lamentations of Jeremiah by Thomas Tallis, a very different piece with long legato phrases and subtle intertwining of the parts which the singers rose to the challenge of impressively, with a fine and clear blend of voices. The acoustics were very bright and clear, aiding the performance and helping the voices and our spirits to soar. A most enjoyable evening.

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