Chamber Philharmonia Cologne, Llandaff Cathedral

The Chamber Philharmonia Cologne open the Welsh leg of their seemingly never ending touring schedule at Llandaff Cathedral with a concert comprising virtuosic playing of Vivaldi, Mozart, JS Bach, Rossini and a show stopping Paganini.

With solo clarinetist Senne Coomans and Cello soloist Christoph M. Jahn, the programme included much loved favourites but also works perhaps less familiar, including, of course, showcases for these particular instruments.

Leader, violinist Sergey Didorenko, concluded the rousing evening of playing with Paganini’s Il Papiti which we were informed by double bass player and our witty host for the evening Peter Langisch, he had researched and specially arranged for the ensemble.

Of special note was this tour’s inclusion of Mozart’s clarinet concerto, here performed with elegance and also panache by Senne Coomans who also rejoined her colleagues for a zippy encore.

The much travelling band now moves on to Carmarthen tonight and Coity on Sunday.

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