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Review: Harrogate International Festival with Noriko Ogawa
Mon 23rd Jul 2012 - 8:49

On 5th July, Noriko Ogawa joined Manchester Camerata as part of the Harrogate International Festival for the Opening Gala of this year's event. Read what Harrogate News had to say about the performance.

The Harrogate International Festival’s opening Gala Concert provided a night to remember with the energy of Manchester Camerata in combination with the superlative poetry of pianist Noriko Ogawa.

Opening with Webern’s uncharacteristically lush early Slow Movement, Adi Brett lead the orchestra through a thrilling string programme, including Mozart’s brilliant Piano Concerto No.9 and Elgar’s beautiful Serenade for Strings.

Programme:Noriko Ogawa joins Camerata for a programme including Mozart's Piano Concerto no.9

Webern Langsamer Satz
Mozart Piano Concerto No. 9 in Eb Major K271
Elgar Serenade for Strings
Mozart Symphony No. 29

Commenting on the evening, Carolynn Peace, Director at Berwins Solicitors said:

'I felt very privileged to watch and listen to world class musicians in the setting of our own glorious Royal Hall. This was the opening concert of a month of exciting and diverse arts events and a worthy festival opener.

'Manchester Camerata gave a sublime performance and Noriko Ogawa’ piano was ravishing.

'It is vitally important that Harrogate International Festival continues its work in adding to Harrogate’s cultural landscape and I would urge everyone to visit at least one event – this year’s programme truly offers something for everyone.'

The concert provided a stylish start to the Harrogate International Festival.

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