Wednesday, 19 March 2008

Gig-a-Blog™ (Anete Graudina and Aya Kawabata, St Anne & St Agnes)

Monday, 10 March 2008

Anete Graudina, violin, and Aya Kawabata, piano.

Easy, unforced elegance and fluidity of this classy partnership.

Mozart Sonata in Bb K454

Lovely warm Largo introduction. Allegro poised, clear ... clarity helps you to see the structures.

Andante utterly gorgeous.

Allegretto : light, bouncy. Builds in intensity towards exciting ending.

Mozart Serenade no. 7 in D K250, transcr. Kreisler: Anete explains regarding the age of this piece and the Viennese weather! Flashy showpiece, quite fun. Ah nice slow melody in middle, jolly good. Largely fluff really: I guess that the problem, to the largely untutored ear like mine, is that it sounds more like Kreisler than Mozart.

Kreisler La Gitana: Slow opening, next a dance-like bit. Next theme very Radio 2ish. Flashy ending.

Kreisler Praeludium and Allegro (in the style of Pugnani)

That fantastic theme all in crotchets. Very nice throughout .Then... Allegro - theme + vars? I'm really not sure. And who's Pugnani??

Encore: Schumann - Dreaming.

Anete very movingly explains about the music and the link she feels through it with her old teacher.

2nd encore - Piazzolla - very nice, and an opportunity to get in a quick promo for their 11th April concert near Paddington which will feature lots more of Piazzolla.

A terrific recital.

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