The Scottish Recorder Orchestra
Concert in Dortmund, Germany, jointly with the
Dortmund Recorder Consort

English translation of the German newspaper article.

Concert Experience Full of Superlatives in Mallinckrodt High School

Two Nations, 67 musicians and 4 premieres. An equation which produced musical enjoyment full of superlatives during the alliance concert of the Dortmund Recorder Consort and the Scottish Recorder Orchestra.

“We are all amateurs” insisted Alexandra Terhoff. Big understatement, which the organizer already let slip prior to the first joint concert of the Dortmund Recorder Consort with the Scottish Recorder Orchestra. Because “her” troupe, under the direction of the Germany-wide vaunted recorder conductor, Dietrich Schnabel, as well as the guests, stand for uniqueness in the Classical music scene.

The Dortmund group celebrates its 15th anniversary next year. The only older recorder ensemble is in Berlin. “That is, from the tone aspect, not equivalent to us”, states Terhoff with confidence. That was proven comprehensively yesterday, Sunday, in the Assembly Hall of the Mallinckrodt High School. For the first combined concert of the befriended conductors, Schnabel and Eileen Silcocks, there were no less than 4 premieres. 67 Musicians were involved.

Compositions purely for this event

Even the premieres showed fire power. Silcocks composed, especially for this performance, a “Serenade for Soloists”; Schnabel created, as the first continental European ever, a symphony purely for recorders.

“In Great Britain there is a greater tradition of recorder ensembles, here nobody has yetdared to attempt symphonic compositions for recorders”, he said.

In addition, the world famous British composer, Steve Marshall, produced 2 brand new compositions especially for the Sunday concert. The fourth, which was played as a surprise encore yesterday, came more or less direct from his printer! Two days before the concert, Marshall had sent the extra piece by e-mail, over the holiday weekend the Scots and Germans rehearsed together.

“We wanted to have 2 soloists perform together,” Schnabel explained, talking of the extra piece.

With so many superlatives, “Even I was nervous” admitted Schnabel. “But with the first note, the situation changed to being joyfully excited”.

That this reflects the truth could be seen in his face – and heard in the impressive sound experience of this really unique concert.

Translated by Ursula McKean

Concert programme - Scottish report