This was a concert that brought great delight to an appreciative though rather small audience. Hannah has already won prestigious prizes. This was a chance to sample her mastery of her instrument.
Her programme was truly eclectic and we enjoyed the lyrical flow of music by Vaughan Williams to start us off on a voyage of discovery. Hannah showed her skills as an excellent presenter, convincing us that arrangements of songs by Schubert and Schumann were appropriate for this instrument, and indeed they were.
But perhaps the most memorable item in her programme was the Temporal Variations by Benjamin Britten. This was jagged, abrasive, soulful music which expressed the composer’s anger at warfare. The co-ordination between soloist and accompanist was to be admired, given the complexity of the music. The Sonatina by Malcolm Arnold was a similar tour de force of virtuosity, requiring daunting breath control.
The second half of the concert featured music that was carefully selected to avoid the dizzy heights of the first half. It was a pleasure to hear music used in film and television – then Daniel took us back two hundred years to delight us by playing the K333 Mozart sonata, demonstrating his fine pianism and the quality of our piano. Both Hannah’s last items, The Rhapsody by Damase, and her spectacular encore proved that she will go far as a professional musician.
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