This week the lunchtime series featured Angelina, Samantha, Matthew, Bethany and William all on piano playing extracts and pieces by Mozart. Angelina started the concert off with a controlled and concise performance of the Adagio from Mozart’s E flat major sonata (K.282). She demonstrated excellent musicality, with her rhythmic feel remaining consistent throughout.
Samantha took over from Angelina with the well-known Fantasy in D minor. The piece is technically demanding both harmonically and technically, but Samantha showed musical maturity beyond her years to bring out all the subtleties in a storm of chromaticism.
Matthew brought the tempo back slightly from the fast-paced Fantasy with another Adagio (K.356). The sense of musicianship did not reduce, however, and Matthew’s performance was both sensitive and intuitive.
The last piece was a piano duet performed by Bethany and William and took the form of Mozart’s Theme and Variations in G major. Both players got a turn in the spotlight here, with William taking the lower end of the keyboard but getting a chance with the melodic development nevertheless. The performers were well in sync with each other – by no means an easy feat with such an expressive piece with numerous tempos.
All performers should be congratulated on well-rounded and polished performance, finishing this term’s lunchtime series.