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Mozart, Piazolla and Patrick Nunn's Escape Velocity

Ksenija Sidorova (accordion) and Brooks String Quartet
The Irish Club London 10th Feb, 7pm

Opportunities for fine young musicians to perform in unusual London venues proliferate.

I was keen to hear again this gifted accordionist*, who made such a big impression at the Park Lane Series in January. The elegant concert room at The Irish Club is ideal for such an event as this, and it was well attended.

Oddly, no programme is supplied, so the artists have to make their own introductions. Ksenija Sidorova deputised effectively for the glass armonica in the Adagio and Rondo, Mozart's last chamber work.[Click on my link to hear it !]. That is far better than using the piano.

Escape Velocity is a splendid virtuoso addition to the accordion's chamber music repertoire, and through 2009 Ksenija Sidorova has been performing it widely with the Brooks String Quartet. It went down well with a non-new music specialist audience.

Next was an attractive tango-derived piece from a French composer - sorry, I didn't catch the details of the announcement - and the hour's music ended with Tango Sensations, Piazolla's last work, which had been premiered and recorded with the Kronos Quartet.

Peter Grahame Woolf

* - one of the winners of the 'Friends of the Royal Academy of Music Wigmore Award' competition - Ksenija Sidorova was also awarded the audience prize. "The beauty of such a competition is that the competitors are playing all kinds of instruments. That the accordion is accepted into such circles is testimony to the huge steps the accordion has made in the world of classical and contemporary serious music in recent years."

A new series of free classical concerts, in the intimate setting of the wooden beamed gallery at Foyles Charing Cross Road, has been announced today. [Editor]