In the second lunchtime recital of the Spring term, talented Form 4 music scholar Alina performed a programme of vibrant ‘cello music by two Italian composers from contrasting musical eras.
Starting in the Baroque era, Alina performed Vivaldi’s Concerto in G minor, a flamboyant work with operatic influences. The faster outer movements were littered with exciting virtuosic passages featuring lively arpeggios, rapid semiquavers and rhythmic diversity, which were performed assuredly by Alina. The slower central Andante, a beautiful aria for solo ‘cello, was performed sensitively with dynamic colour and a delicate piano accompaniment.
To end her recital, Alina moved to the 20th Century with a mature performance of Ottorino Respighi's Adagio con variazioni. In this technically demanding piece, the main adagio theme is explored through a number of variations in which a wide range of emotion, pitch, dynamic and tempi are exploited. Alina's command over the higher registers of the instrument was particularly impressive.
We are looking forward to hearing Alina give another performance of Adagio con variazioni alongside the Symphony Orchestra in the Orchestral Sounds concert on Friday 2 February.