by Daniel Hathaway
Half Mozart and half British, the repertory at Severance Music Center on Sunday afternoon, March 27 gave The Cleveland Orchestra multiple opportunities to shine under the baton of Dame Jane Glover, who organized the proceedings with a keen sense of style and narrative. And Dame Imogen Cooper, her compatriot in the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, crafted a memorable account of Mozart’s richly symphonic Piano Concerto No. 22.
The geography of the event was established immediately with Benjamin Britten’s Suite on English Folk Tunes, a collection of five pieces completed in 1974, two years before the composer’s death. With folksy titles like “The Bitter Withy” and “Hankin Booby” (the latter commissioned for the 1967 opening of the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London), you expect rustic charm, which Britten delivers along with his own batterie of compositional devices and orchestral effects. [Read more…]