Works by Barber, Mozart, Offenbach, Delibes and Bartok.
Nostrum Mare Camerata. C. Soler and J. Christensen.
Olympia Theatre, July 5, 2021
The Nostrum Mare Camerata made its debut, under the aegis of C. Soler. The group is a chamber ensemble of young musicians. Maestro Soler directed the first two pieces: Barber’s Adagio for Strings and Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5. From the very beginning, the quality of the sound was amazing, particularly in the strings, that for long passages sounded like a consolidated professional ensemble. Soler, once again, demonstrated his great talent for bringing out the best of any group under his leadership. Jacobo Christensen took over from there, after playing the solo part in the Mozart concerto. As a violinist, he showed great talent and potential. The same holds true for his conducting, most particularly in Bartok’s Romanian Folk Dances. The concert’s middle segment was comprised of two opera duets arranged for string orchestra by Jesus Debón: The first was the barcarolle from “Les contes d’Hoffman” with soprano Blanca Ruiz and mezzo-soprano Carmen Lázaro. The second was the Flower Duet from Delibes’ Lakmé, once again with mezzo-soprano Carmen Lázaro and, this time, with Marina Cuesta in the soprano role. Their fresh voices were a delight, but Carmen Lázaro stood out particularly with a voice of notable quality and very mature technique. All together, an enjoyable concert, and a chance to discover young talent.