This week's lunchtime concert comprised a selection of performances by Oakham string players.
To start the concert Lucy played the last movement from J S Bach’s Sonata No.2 in A minor. Lucy performed intricate sequences with flair and her interpretation of dynamics led to an individual and committed violin performance.
Ethan then played another work by J S Bach; Bourrees I & II from Suite No.3 in C major for cello. A sprightly opening perfectly captured the dance style of the piece. The second Bourree enabled Ethan in showing a different colour in his tone as the piece moves through a minor key. This was a characterful performance.
We then heard Beethoven’s sonorous Allegro from Sonata in F major, op.24, also known as the Spring Sonata, played by Bethany on the violin. Although one of Beethoven’s earlier works, the movement displays the progressive nature of Beethoven. Among other traits this is heard through thematic innovation, transformation and showmanship and indeed this was all masterfully communicated by Bethany. The audience were treated to a joyful sense of ensemble between Bethany and her accompanist, Head of Piano, Anne Bolt.
Violinist Natasha closed the concert and performed Allegro from Sonatina in G major, op.100 by Dvorák. Written to celebrate Dvorák’s 100th work, it was composed for his own children to play and interestingly he included tricky corners and intentional challenges! Natasha performed with vigour and a sense of enjoyment. She embraced the character of the music and played with understanding; Dvorák expertly juxtaposes his beloved Czech folk melodies and vibrant rhythms with the more open sound of the New World (inspired by Dvorák living in America at the time).
This was an exceptionally promising recital.