Sunday 26th April 2015

Jane Lindsay - Cello
Jennifer Hughes - Piano

Jane Lindsay is a keen chamber and orchestral musician and has been principal cellist of the Royal College of Music Symphony Orchestra, the RCM Opera Orchestra, the Orpheus Sinfonia and the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland and has performed with the London Symphony, the BBC Symphony and the Philharmonic Orchestras. Jane plays on an English instrument made in 1746 by Peter Walmsley.


Jane is supported by the Countess of Munster Trust Recital Scheme.


Jennifer Hughes is much in demand as an instrumental duo partner and song recital pianist, and has performed at the Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall, Bridgewater Hall and St. James Piccadilly..

Review by Terry Keeler
Templewood, Northrepps 26th April 2015


For the penultimate concert in the current series, Cromer Music Evenings presented two artists of consummate skill which was evident after just four bars of Debussy’s Sonata for cello and piano, chosen for the opening piece, where the rapport between the two was immediate - captivating, even awe inspiring, the interpretation was so magnificent in dealing with the technical demands of Debussy’s colouristic writings in which the listener can imagine what they will, during the impressionistic compositions of Debussy’s style.


Ravel’s Piece en forme de Habanera was beautiful in the performance of this short work, having a Spanish flavour, probably because Ravel’s mother was Spanish.


Seven Variations on Bei Mannern from the Magic Flute by Beethoven added a classical contrast to the writings of Debussy and Ravel: Lindsay and Hughes adjusted to the textures and interpretations with superb and mature understanding of Beethoven’s composition.


The major work in the concert being Rachmaninov’s Sonata for cello and piano Op 19 in four movements, proved to be a sheer delight - not in just the wonder of Rachmaninov’s music, but in witnessing such an accomplished performance from both players of this immense and demanding work, in which the pianist is challenged to perform such difficult rhythms, glorious eight note chords, with delicate lyrical textures in the upper register of the piano - but the cellist soared above all this with a directness of the melodic lines - producing such a beautiful depth and warmth of tone and emotion. A wonderful performance to end this concert which I hope will be remembered by all present as one of the very best, enjoyed within the delightful Music Room at Templewood.


Terry Keeler
Tel 01263 513273

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