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Tuesday, March 7, 2017


(Maggie Deppe, Sandra Bailey, Roberto Palma & Myfanwy Price)

An exuberant concert. Glorious Vivaldi, glorious music and a glorious performance. (Review by Keith Millar)

A large audience turned up at the Mariannhill Monastery Church yesterday for the first of the Baroque 2000 2017 concert series. Celebrating 20 years of making music together the ensemble has promised something special and exciting at each of their eight concerts this year.

To kick off the celebrations they presented an all Vivaldi concert which was entitled, Glorious Vivaldi.

It was a case of glorious Vivaldi, glorious music and a glorious performance.

Antonio Vivaldi was an Italian Baroque composer, virtuoso violinist, teacher and cleric. Born in Venice, he is recognized as one of the greatest Baroque composers, and his influence during his lifetime was widespread across Europe. He composed over 550 instrumental concertos, for the violin and a variety of other instruments, as well as sacred choral works and more than forty operas. His best-known work is a series of violin concertos known as The Four Seasons, which are among the most popular in all of classical music.

Sunday’s concert featured two of his sinfonia and four concertos, for both woodwind and for strings.

Guest soloist Maggie Deppe from the KZNPO performed the Oboe Concerto in D Minor – RV 454. She was joined by Sandra Baily, also from the KZNPO, for the Concerto for Oboe and Bassoon – RV 545. Both players were in fine form and showed the depth of talent that exists within our superb orchestra.

Roberto Palma joined Baroque 2000 concertmaster Ralitza Matcheva as the soloists for the Concerto for two violins in A minor – RV 523. I had not heard Palma play in a solo role before and he certainly impressed. Both violinists were excellent and elicited an excited little dance of joy from their fellow violinist, Refiloe Oliphant, at the end of the piece. Oliphant is certainly and delightfully ebullient personality.

The final concerto on the programme, Concerto for violin, two oboes and bassoon RV 319 and featured Matcheva, Deppe and Baily along with oboist Myfanwy Price.

The programme was top and tailed by the Sinfonia in C Major – RV 116 and the Sinfonia in F major – RV 140.

The Baroque 2000 ensemble along with their guests were in fine form and they did great justice to the colourful, tuneful and effervescent music of Antonio Vivaldi.
It was an exuberant concert.

There will be seven more Baroque 2000 concerts in during the year at the beautiful Mariannhill, Church of the Monastery. They will usually take place on the first Sunday of each month. Tickets are R150 at the door.

It is not too late to become a subscriber to the remaining concerts in the 2017 series. Cost is R1,050. Contact Michel at or on 031 312 5539 or 082 303 5241.