Our very own Director of Music, Peter Davis, launched the Music at Lunchtime series 2018 with a lively and energetic performance of Chopin and Schumann.
The recital began with Fantaisie-Impromptu in C sharp minor by Frédéric Chopin. This well-loved and distinctive piece grasped the audience's attention right from the beginning and we were captivated by technically challenging, fast moving melody and accompaniment. The more subdued and lyrical passages draw the audience in and create a great contrast for when the rapid moving section returns.
Next, we heard Schumann's Kinderszenen. Mr Davis performed the first seven movements of the thirteen movment collection, which depicts an adult's reminiscence of childhood. The seventh movement, Träumerei is seen as the pinicle of the piece. With its beautiful lyrical melodies, it depicts the innocence of childhood with its vulnerabilty and gentleness. The song-like qualities of Träumerei set us into somewhat of a trance as we were allowed to possibly ponder our own childhoods, or sit back and take in Mr Davis' gentle and encapturing playing.
The recital conluded with Chopin's Polonaise in A major, 'Military'. A drastic change of mood from the previous Träumerei, the Polonaise is a true demonstration of patriotism for Poland. The lively and energetic piece brought the fantastic recital to a close and concluded the start of many more exciting lunctime recitals to come.