Brazier
Snowy-High-Street
Tina-May5
MYFC005
Pete-Gage-Band1
Brooks-Williams1
BABRURY-XC-JUMP-473
White-Horse
Gordon-and-Sam
Animals06
Remebrance-18-2
Sunset
EARLY-MORNING-CANTER-473-
Camilla-2012-10-19152
Ogbourne
Remebrance-18-1
Christmas-Lights15-11-20097
IMG8472
YELLOWHAMMER-473-
Bluebells-in-West-Woods-10-05-09------30
Civic-Service-18
MBORO-HOCKEY-YOUTH-473
Inquisitive-sheep-in-West-Overton
George-Wilding-301
1stXV-and-others-with-Mayor
Camilla-MSM
Big-Bull
Musical-Time-Machine5
D4S0472
Marlborough-2013-04-18StPeters
Sunset2
FROSTY-MORNING-
Torch-2012-05-23093-
TdB-Pewsey044
Inbox-1
Scouting-for-Girls7
D812668
Landscape
Roving-Crows1
Turin-Brakes6
SBJ
Remebrance-18-3
Inbox2
JazzFestSat572
Silbury-Sunset---10-06-08-----07
4MI-2013-11-28030
Duke-of-Kent086
IMG9097
D4S9273
Marlborough-under-snow-from-above---Pete-Davies
Town-Hall-2011-05-0308-
Mop-Fair---10-10-09------08
Hares017cropped

 

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Review: Brilliant Young Musicians at St Peter's Church - cellist and pianist make a perfect duo

Chris Graves and Alison RhindChris Graves and Alison RhindThe latest in this popular Brilliant Young Musicians series of concerts was given to a very large audience at St Peter's Church on Sunday  (February 21) by Chris Graves (cello) and Alison Rhind (piano).

Alison is a respected ‘collaborative’ pianist working mainly on a repertoire of piano with strings.  Having first worked at the Yehudi Menuhin School, she is now coach for the String Department at the Royal College of Music - a post she combines with her freelance recital work. 

Chris Graves studied at the Royal College and is developing a successful career both as a soloist and as a chamber musician - he plays with the Castalian String Quartet.  

The concert opened with Beethoven’s Sonata in D Major written between 1812 and 1817.  It is the last of a series of sonatas for piano and cello - a combination of instruments then its infancy. The first movement opens with a series of fanfare-like arpeggios, a motif that is repeated by both piano and cello at regular intervals, separated by a plangent melodic line.

Both instrumentalists played with bravura and there was very obvious dialogue between the two instruments.  

This was followed by a gentle adagio developed first by the cello and then taken up by the piano. There is a melancholic darkness to the movement created by the piano's steady rich chords. The playing exploited very sensitively the elegiac properties, especially the change of mood in the middle of the work.  

The sonata concludes with a fine fugue - the first time that Beethoven had included a full fugue as a final movement.   This opens with a tantalising rising scale, repeated by the piano, before the two hurtle away in a dazzling conversation, the fugue subject batted from one player to the other. Wonderful stuff and played with great zest.  

The first half was completed with Robert Schumann’s Fantasiestucke. Three lovely pieces originally scored for clarinet and piano, but ideally suited to the cello.  They are warm and rich elegiac pieces; ‘songs without words’ indeed. Here is an outpouring of beauty with long flowing waves rolling from the cello, supported by rippling piano accompaniment. They were played with grace and all the ‘soul’ expected from German Romantic music.

The second half of the concert was devoted to one work, Brahms’ Sonata in E Minor. Begun in 1862 it was the first of Brahms’ duo sonatas. The long first movement begins with a profound theme on the cello around which the piano weaves a glorious halo of sound.

This was real collaboration, neither part dominant, but engaged in a continuous dialogue throughout.  

The second movement is a graceful minuet, with a trio forming the central section. Here, unexpectedly, we hear Brahms exploring the vocabulary of his classical predecessors.

The final movement is another allegro. The opening bars for the piano are a quotation from JS Bach’s Art of Fugue, a theme which is richly developed by both instruments at regular intervals.  This is a complex and difficult movement for both performers and played here with great confidence.

This was a very rewarding evening. The pieces were well selected and showed off the virtuosity of each of these competent instrumentalists, but also their ability to perform empathetically as a duo.

The next recital in this series of recital features pianist Kausikan Rajeshkumar - on Sunday 10 April 2016 - full details here.  The recitals ar sponsored by Hiscox Insurance and raise funds for the Marlborough Brandt Group and the St Peter's Church Trust.

Print Email

Turin-Brakes6
George-Wilding-301
Camilla-MSM
Snowy-High-Street
Bluebells-in-West-Woods-10-05-09---30
Silbury-Sunset---10-06-08---07
Scouting-for-Girls7
Duke-of-Kent086
Camilla-2012-10-19152
Remebrance-18-3
Big-Bull
Remebrance-18-1
White-Horse
Mop-Fair---10-10-09---08
1stXV-and-others-with-Mayor
Musical-Time-Machine5
Tina-May5
Remebrance-18-2
IMG8472
JazzFestSat572
Civic-Service-18
Landscape
IMG9097
4MI-2013-11-28030
Roving-Crows1
Inquisitive-sheep-in-West-Overton
Ogbourne
Pete-Gage-Band1
Town-Hall-2011-05-0308-
Marlborough-under-snow-from-above---Pete-Davies
MYFC005
Torch-2012-05-23093-
Christmas-Lights15-11-20097
Sunset2
D4S9273
SBJ
Hares017cropped
Brazier
Animals06
CivicSelfie1
D4S0472
D812668
TdB-Pewsey044
Brooks-Williams1
ARKManton-2012-01-1449-
Sunset
Gordon-and-Sam
Marlborough-2013-04-18StPeters