In contrast, the bright fortissimo
appropriate for the opening of Beethoven's Hammerklavier Sonata, Op.
Crescendos are a little louder, Fortissimos
are even louder and the Sforzandos are really loud.
Breathless pianissimos to full fortissimos
were all admirably conveyed.
This was a feature of the choral singing,as was the rich variety of tone colours and wide range of dynamics from expressive soft sonorities to blazing fortissimos
The natural acoustic of this atmospheric venue was lively and responsive to Gilchrist's impressive range of dynamics, from the most telling of halftones to desperate fortissimos
which never sounded forced.
But listening to the rent-achoir Beecham Choral Society, with its superannuated sopranos and unsubtle delivery (shouting fortissimos
, woolly pianissimos), makes you appreciate the advances in choral singing during the last fifty years.
There was a beautiful, serene lento opening while the development led to some splendidly robust fortissimos
Some of the fortissimos
in the Hindemith piece were almost ear-shattering.
The same was certainly true of the last movement where con brio meant just that: bright, shining, magnificent, with fortissimos
which truly forced the tone.