Wednesday’s Music at Lunchtime recital was given by Form 3’s Jessica Carr who presented a well thought out and varied recital programme, performing three contrasting flute works by Bach, Debussy and Chopin.
Jess started her recital with all four movements of Bach’s Flute Sonata in E major, opening with the slow and tuneful Adagio ma non tanto before moving onto the more lively Allegro, the stately Siciliano and the technically challenging Allegro assai. Jess gave an assured and polished performance of all movements, a very promising start to her recital.
Next Jess performed Debussy’s Syrinx, a mournful but beautiful piece for solo flute which represents the last melody the Greek God Pan played before his death. In contrast to the strict tempi of the Bach, this work is much more free-form, with tempo that allows for interpretation. Again, Jess performed this style extremely well, relishing in the rubato passages, really making the piece her own. Her clear tone in the acoustic of the All Saints’ was stunning, especially in the lower registers where she gave a rich and earthy sound. The moments of silence within the piece were perfectly timed to allow for reflection and you could have heard a pin drop in the audience!
To conclude her recital Jess performed Chopin’s variations on a theme from Rossini’s opera Cinderella. This light-hearted set of variations provided a nice contrast to the more contemplative nature of the Debussy and Jess captured the feeling well, playing around with the dynamic and expression to emphasize the humour in Chopin’s musical writing. On top of this, Jess’ execution of the accelerating scalic and arpeggiated sequences was near perfect, making for a very entertaining end to her recital.
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