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Mar 21

Derek Broadbent’s adjudicator remarks

WELSH REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS 2012   

CHAMPIONSHIP SECTION

ADJUDICATORS REMARKS

Test Piece:   Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

Such a powerful start – dims well. Baritone in top form – nicely supported by all –  A shade uncomfortable before (1) – but you settle – – lower rhythms fine – all detail is heard – with good dynamics through to (2) – watch the intonation here.  The music begins but…..  (3) – not too secure – (4) has the correct drama – and fine detail is heard to (5) where I do hear the details in these entries.  TOP CLASS PLAYING BY ALL. (11) I do hear the links – there is great verve in this playing – so much to commend. (14) great chords – and inner detail (15) Don’t scramble thro the semis – then you settle down – and the fugue takes real shape – with all joining the party (19) is leggerio (20) also in the lower lines (21) xylo contributes well (22) Its fun now – but nothing overdone (25) well contrasted (26) Good links – don’t overdo the pace please (27) Powerful and dramatic – well detailed to (30) – A little more relaxed this all works to (32) – I do hear the lower lines (33) Bold fanfares – bass duo also (34) I do hear the detail in these fanfares (35) Works well – fine to (37) Horns nicely balanced, cornets also. Tasteful into (38) where the musical links are tasteful.  A little more > into (39) – then a spot of poor intonation spoils the upper cornet line (40) Not blemish free in the inner melody 41 – why no dim? (41) Bold solo horn – but dynamics need some attention (42) flug plays with taste – and shapes the music well (43) Sop in good form – this is all nicely balanced to (44) and builds to (47). Pause – controlled (48) Forceful again – flug in reflective mood – nicely supported by all – just a little tentative (49) Good links to (50) Nothing overdone (51) Good upper fanfares – and inner detail to (52) – Not quite ! – then you < >to a close of great commitment.

Signature:   Derek Broadbent                       Date:  18th March 2012

 

A performance that had many fine things – a few uncomfortable moments – but generally well played indeed.

Thank you very much indeed