|Together again: Pianist Frances Waters and Clarinettist Kevin Hurst|
Frances always amazes an audience with her delicate and expressive piano playing - which can be very powerful too. Kevin's clarinet playing really has to be heard to be believed. So intricate and precise.
Their opening pieces by Mozart were a series of church sonatas. Initially the music was very gentle, with Frances controlling the volume of the piano perfectly to match to clarinet. Kevin's playing on the clarinet was soft with a very sweet tone. Carefully chosen, the sonatas increased in complexity. The fourth (number 336) had been given the full Mozart treatment. Unmistakeable, and the sudden outpouring of cleverly interwoven sound was a joy to hear.
|Very sensitive piano|
|and exuberant clarinet|
|Carl Maria von Weber|
The final movement was teasingly slow. Would there be another outburst. Yes! One last virtuoso passage on the clarinet, followed by a sweet piano solo, gave way abruptly to a perfect concluding duet. It certainly sounded like Weber - a classical masterpiece.
|Heinrich Joseph Baermann|
And what was the music like - the music that Schumann was at such pains to preserve? Breathtaking! A beautiful and dashing theme gives way to powerful fanfares on the clarinet. The volume and control Kevin achieved was startlingly impressive. He would need a deep breath after each - before continuing with a contrastingly soft passage with impeccable control. At the same time Frances was producing very skilled effects on the piano. Frances' own fanfares were sustained using the pedal which she released precisely in time with Kevin for maximum dynamic effect. A stunning combination of sound. The piano melody and links were beautiful - delicate and lovely.
Incredibly Frances was reading the music by sight - so much detail and all the emotion she managed to inject - with total precision. For a virtuoso clarinet player like Kevin Hurst, Frances Waters piano accompaniment is the perfect complement. Absolutely brilliant!
|A joyous collaboration|
Owing to the need for renovation, Glenorchy will be closed for a few months in the new year. The last concert of 2011 will be performed by soprano Val Howels and baritone John Brindley - with the glorious piano accompaniment of Frances Waters. After that there will be no more concerts until the renovation work is completed. However, David Lee is determined that concerts will recommence just as soon as possible. That is very good news indeed!
|Until next time . . .|