The Young RomanticsSaturday, May 06, 2006
Last night's Pacific Baroque Orchestra's performance of The Young Romantics at St James Anglican on Cordova (the acoustics are phenomenal) was the kind of concert that even my poker-faced Argentine friend Juan Manuel Sanchez gave me an indication that somehow he was pleased. For him nothing will ever top what could happen at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires. His amazement became vocal when he heard Victoria's Alexander Dunn play Giulio Regondi's Reverie-Nocturne Op 19 on a pocket guitar called a terz guitar. There was something about Dunn's passionate coolness that reminded me of of Austin's punk/country Alejandro Escovedo. The concert began with Gioacchino Rossini's Sonata for Strings in C Major. As good as it was, alas, there were no violas! But the Kool Kat (above, a.k.a. Glenys Webster) and the Happy Bear, a.k.a. Steve Creswell were back for Mauro Giuliani's Concerto N0. 3 in F major Op 70 for guitar and strings. The beauty of this concert is that anybody who may read this can attend two more performances, one today and one tomorrow. An added bonus is listening to bassist David Brown, who has several little solos during the performance.