Form 4 music scholar, Grace, gave this week’s lunchtime recital at All Saint’s Church accompanied by Head of Piano, Anne Bolt. The audience were treated to a varied programme of violin music by Mozart, Massenet and Brahms which demonstrated Grace’s versatility of the instrument.
Grace opened with the Allegro (second movement) from Mozart’s Sonata in G major - an apt way to begin this Spring recital. Grace showed no signs of nerves as she displayed herself to be fully in command of the style, phrasing the opening bars of melody beautifully and with mature understanding. As the piano took over the melody, the impressive double stops were executed perfectly in tune and it was clear Grace was fully aware of this sensitive dialogue between the two instruments.
Grace’s middle piece, Meditation by Jules Massenet, allowed her to show off the more lyrical, expressive side of her playing as she soared through the pleading melodies of Thaïs. Grace’s phrasing was sensitive and conveyed real emotion, beautifully coloured by her vibrato. The quality of her legato playing and technical control over the bow was masterful, and the rich sonority achieved on the G string showed off a deep, resonant sound.
To bring the recital to an explosive finale, we heard Brahms’ Sonatensatz, which Grace played with real flair and panache. The opening was played with conviction and attack, a stark contrast to the expressive melodies of the Massenet, and Grace maintained this exciting atmosphere throughout.
Congratulations to Grace on an extremely accomplished recital!
You can listen to Grace’s recital on the Oakham School Soundcloud page by following this link: https://soundcloud.com/oakham-school-music/sets/grace-muris-violin-29-march-2017