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Royal Academy of Music Students around town

Kurtag, Gubaidulina, Vlasov, Piazzolla etc

Lithuanians at Charlton House (arranged by Dr Woolf)

Schumann, Kurtág & Bruch Charlton House, 31st May

This programme was reviewed more fully at the Royal Academy of Music where photos were forbidden. It was repeated at Charlton House before a large audience with, if lithuaniansanything, its perfection enhanced.

Charlton regulars were daunted by the asperities of Kurtág, but showed warm appreciation for Schumann and for four of Bruch's lesser known pieces for their instrumental line up.

Kurtág's Schumann homage was ended in a more approprate way than the composer's jokey idea of representing the closing of Schumann's coffin lid with a single quiet tap on a bass drum.

That is not really practical for touring the piece... Instead, it was done judiciously by Antanas just closing the piano lid gently... That was generally felt to be an improvement on the original; perhaps Kurtag himself should be asked to endorse this variant?

Peter Grahame Woolf

Bartosz Glowacki (classical accordion)bartosx

Scarlatti Sonata for Keyboard in B minor K 87 L 33
Gubaidulina De Profundis for Bayan
Tchaikovsky October: Autumn Song, from The Seasons
Victor Vlasov Five Views on Gulag Archipelago

Richard Galliano
A French Touch
Astor Piazzolla Libertango; Fracanapa - [videos]

Regent Hall, London December 14, 2012

The Royal Academy presented this young virtuoso classical accordionist in an excellent recital which enthralled the Regent Hall lunchtime audience, and provided an opportunity to photograph and video the artist, which is not allowed at the RAM's own concerts [links above to videos].

Others, whom I followed to hear them again at appearances away from the Academy, have included Julia Hamos, 9who had made a particularly strong audiovisual impression there in Kurtag's Jatekok, whch she included also in her solo recital at the Hungarian Cultural Centre.

Also the Pythagoras Quartet, who repeated their clever conjunction of Bach and Piazzolla before a huge appreciative audience at St Martin's-in-the-Fields.





Peter Grahame Woolf