Beth and Luke treat us to the first duet of the year.
The 10 October Lunchtime recital was hosted by Seventh Formers Beth and Luke, who gave artistic renditions of works by Debussy, Chopin and Schumann. Beth started with Clair de Lune by Debussy, commanding silence with the delicate beginning. The sonority of Debussy soon washed over the audience, and the piece brilliantly set the tone of what was to come. Continuing with Chopin’s Nocturne in E flat Major, Beth showed yet more skill and did great justice to the well known piano piece, showing forceful dynamic range and musicality.
Luke proceeded with more Chopin, another Nocturne but this time in E Minor. The quality of performance was kept in high standards by Luke, and he comfortably reflected the brooding quality of this mood-filled piece. This piece was in fact the first Nocturne ever written by Chopin, but the 19th to be published only being released posthumously and, despite never being Chopin’s favourite piece, Luke gave a performance proving the piece’s worthiness to be published.
When the sound worlds of Chopin and Debussy were fully depleted, both Beth and Luke took to the piano together to give a performance of Schumann’s Bilder aus Osten, one of his six impromptus for four hands. The duo played formidably together, and wonderfully foreshadowed the standard expected from the Piano Duet concert later in the year. The piece ended triumphantly, marking the end of an excellent first half of term of lunchtime recitals from the Oakhamians.