LIVE REVIEW: Todmorden Orchestra: Vienna and Beyond – Todmorden Town Hall – 18th January 2020


The first part of this concert gave us a variety of dance music. It began with Prokoviev’s satirical, menacing “Dance of the Knights”, and went on with a lyrical Slavonic Dance (op 72 no 2) by Dvorak. Next came Rimsky Korsakov’s manic “Dance of the Tumblers” and Herold’s comic Clog Dance. Lane’s lively Suite of Cotswold Folk Dances followed, including “Brighton Camp” (“The girl I left behind me”). Then came Delibes’ dainty Pizzicato (from the ballet “Sylvia”) and Khachaturian’s full-blooded waltz from “Masquerade”.

The second part of the concert focused on Vienna, with a feast of Strauss music, including “Roses from the South” and “The Beautiful Blue Danube”. The non Strauss item was Czibulka’s enticing “Gavotte Stephanie”. The concert finished with the rousing, clapalong “Radetsky March”.

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