Thursday, 7 October 2010

Piazzolla Duo

In Exeter on Wednesday Evening flautist Ruth Avis and guitarist Clive Betts performed as the 'Piazzolla Duo' in the Chapter House of Exeter Cathedral.  Their recital included Spanish and South American classical pieces.
They opened with a wonderful medley of Brazilian, Chilean, and Mexican folk tunes which were delightful.  Clive then played solo three of Heitor Villa-Lobos' beautiful preludes, which the composer dedicated to his beloved Arminda Neves d'Almeida.  Ruth came back in for J S Bach's Siciliana from his second sonata for flute and harpsichord (guitar for these purposes) which lead us neatly into Villa-Lobos' jungle-inspired Bachianas Brasileiras.  Two lively Tangos by Astor Piazzolla  led up to Carlo Domeniconi's Sonatine Mexicana in three movements ending on a thrilling vivace to complete the first half.
Clive opened the second half with the traditional Spanish piece 'Romanza' closely followed by Isaac Albéniz' lyrical Spanish tone-poem, Asturias.  Ruth played a perfect solo, Jacques Ibert's 'Pièce pour Flûte Seule' which she explained was unashamedly French in style - but no less enjoyable for that!  Clive joined Ruth for Ibert's 'Entr'acte' before they finished with two more of Piazzolla's tangos from 'Histoire du Tango', first the gentle 'Café' from 1930 and finally the very energetic 'Bordel' from 1900.  In response to the audience's rapturous applause Ruth and Clive came back and played and encore.
Ruth will be playing again in Exeter at the Central library in conjunction with Hilary Boxer's 'Tasty Music' series of lunchtime concerts.  In the upstairs music room at the Central Library from, 12.30 to 1.30 pm on Monday 25 October, for the modest admission price of £4.00 we can listen to Ruth, accompanied by James Keefe at the piano.  They will play a selection of songs for flute and piano by Aaron Copland, Frédéric Chopin, Ian Clarke and Francis Poulenc.


Ruth will play flute music live on 'Classical Journey' on Tuesday 19th October. She did mention that she might transport us to Hamburg in 1733 with one of Georg Philipp Telemann's Fantasias for solo flute.  She might have up to three other solo pieces for us, including something special by J S Bach.

Try not to miss it!

Details of her next live concert again:

Title:               Songs for flute and piano
Date:               Monday 25th October
Time:              12:30-13:30
Description:   Ruth Avis (flute) will be accompanied by James Keefe (piano)
                        at a lunchtime concert in the Exeter Central Library Music Room.
                        The programme will include pieces by Copland, Chopin, Ian Clarke and Poulenc.
                        Refreshments are included.
Audience:       All welcome.
Cost:               £4.00 (no concessions)
Bookings:       Tel: 01392 384217 for reservations.
Organiser:      Clare Greenall

And we mustn't forget the first lunchtime concert which is only next Monday - Hilary Boxer's 'Mellow Cellos' where Hilary and Jane Pirie will play an hour of delightful 'cello duets while the audience enjoy delicious chocolates!  (See yesterday's post.)

Title:               Tasty Music presents Cello+Cello
Date:              Monday 11th October
Time:              12:30-13:30 (doors 12:00)
Description:   Mellow cellos - melodies sweet and dark with Hilary Boxer and Jane Pirie.
Audience:       All welcome.
Cost:              £4.00 (no concessions) includes light refreshments.
Bookings:      Tel: 01392 384217 for reservations.
                       Tickets can be purchased from the Performing Arts Library.
Organiser:     Clare Greenall

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