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Review: Fresh Young Musicians’ Platform, Purcell Room

Harriet Mackenzie - violin, Timothy Murray - conductor, New Professionals Orchestra (An Eventful Morning)

The Times 05.05.2006 (Richard Morrison)

Fokkens has his own engaging quirkiness, and this short, two-movement work always gripped the ear. Tiny melodic motifs are constantly developed by the soloist, as intriguing orchestral textures rise or fall beneath. The music never settles in metre and style, though some frenetic, Turnage-style big-band riffs and blaring brass refrains of what sound like the Dies Irae theme increasingly dominate. It was all impeccably prepared. I’d like to hear it again.