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Hommage à Schumann

Schumann Märchenerzählungen, op.132 Kurtág Hommage à R Schumann Bruch Acht Stücke, op.83 (selection)

Ugne Tiškute viola Antanas Makštutis clarinets & bass drum Morta Grigaliunaité piano

29 January 2013, RAM David Josefowitz Recital Hall

NB - the LINKS are integral to this report !

A remarkable lunchtime concert of about 3/4 hour music making by three Lithuanian musicians studying in London. Unbelievably, they had only come together to prepare this little concert; it sounded as if honed for months and even, possibly, that they'd been coached by the famously demanding Gyorgy Kurtag himself.

His sequence of short pieces was believably, if distantly, heard as connecting to Schumann whose late, jaw-breaking Marchenerzahlungen Op 133 brought out both the individualities of the three musicians and their unerring give & take & subtlety of ensemble. Ugne [L] was noticeably reticent, touching in accompanying phrases at first, Atanas [R - not quite 20] brought us witty rhythmic moments in his.

If Morta sounded a little fierce launching the fourth and last of the pieces; well, Schumann specified sehr markirt, and he gives us relief in a calmer middle section.

These Fairy Tales are well represented on YouTube; as is, surprisingly, Kurtak's 11 mins Hommage - see it in Barcelona ; the RAM performance however scored with the biggest bass drum of all to end with a typical Kurtag joke.

The three Lithuanisans left us with their favourites (four only) of Bruch's eight pieces, strong items strongly presented, very much in the Schumann mould; that to my mind - and limited knowledge of his oeuvre - enhanced Bruch's rather shadowy reputation here.

If they go on to make a CD of this programme (or, better, a DVD) it would be good to have the other four for a miniature integrale... [enjoy a selection of the Acht from a Japanese trio, at a Viola Master Class New Year Concert.]

What a pity that RAM apparently disallows encores at these Josefowitz Hall recitals (there was plenty of time) also that photos there are strictly disallowed. This trio is wonderful to watch all together, with Morta always attentive to her colleagues.

They should be invited to repeat the programme elsewhere locally, perhaps at Regent Hall, Blackheath or Charlton's lunchtime series?

Meanwhile, enjoy hearing Morta in flamboyant good form [L, July 2011] acknowledging the applause for Britten's Young Apollo with the "Šv. Kristoforo kamerinis orkestra"; she should repeat it at RAM for the Britten centenary year?

Peter Grahame Woolf












http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wfMAkn0tDaQ Britten YoungApollo