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Debussy, Gaubert, Martinu, Poulenc & Weber

Weber Trio in G minor, Op.63 Debussy Sonate pour cello Gaubert Trois Aquarelles Poulenc Flute Sonata Martinu Trio Piazzolla Oblivion

Anna Noakes, flute; Raphael Wallfisch, cello;
Leo Nicholson, piano

Blackheath Great Hall, 18 November 2012

A splendid recital with two stars in great form with Leo Nicholson, an attentive young pianist partner from Trinity new to us, who impressed with his alert responsiveness to each composer's idiom and overall pianistic brilliance (reminding me of how Peter S S at Wilton's once drew special attention to the contribution of his pianist, who "had to play thousands of notes" as against the many fewer of his colleagues).

From far back within a full audience in the Great Hall it was not possible to snap the trio as a whole. Wallfisch gave a fine account of Debussy's late sonata and Noakes likewise in the Poulenc favourite; as a trio they gave pleasure equally in Weber, Gaubert & Martinu, as well as in a charming Piazzolla encore from Anna's CD [Dutton Epoch CDLX 7125].

Peter Grahame Woolf

Dvorak, Ligeti & Mozart

W.A Mozart, String Quartet in C K.465 ‘Dissonance’ •G. Ligeti, String Quartet No.1 ‘Metamorphoses Nocturnes’ •A. Dvorak, String Quartet in G major Op.106

Wu Quartet

Sunday Concerts Conway Hall, London 18.11.2012​

We have been following the development of this young quartet and with this concert they verily attained world class, in a perfectly balanced connoisseurs' programme. The earlier of Ligeti's quartets (he was keen to make it not too like Bartok...) is a marvellous piece in 16 brief sections, played without pause.

I don't have a score (how many reviewers do these days?) so I will not attempt a comparison with a very convincing account on YouTube.

The Wu's account of the late Dvorak quartet has matured since last heard, and was exciting and fulfilling as heard in the fine acoustics of Conway Hall's gallery, after Blackheath Sundays in the morning.

Peter Grahame Woolf