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Virtuosic recorder recital
Virtuosic recorder recitalVirtuosic recorder recital
22 September 2016

On Wednesday, Oakham School staff member Oliver Smith treated us to a virtuosic display of recorder playing accompanied on organ and harpsichord by James Speakman. The recorder brings such eloquent subtlety to each work and Oliver certainly did this. He opened the recital with a dramatic Canzona detta La Bernardinia by Frescobaldi. This was performed on the descant recorder, which sounds trumpet-like and produces a strong centred tone that really fills the acoustic. Oliver then treated us to a Largo from Telemann’s Fantasia No. 8 in G minor. This work was dominated by interval leaps and dark tonality which kept us gripped throughout. To finish, a wonderful work by J.S Bach, the Sonata in C Minor. This consisted of three movements all contrasting and demonstrating the versatility of the treble recorder. However, the Largo was particularly engaging and left the audience transfixed. Bravo!

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