Sunday 20th March 2016

Sunday 20th March 2016 at Cromer Music Evenings

Luba Tunnicliffe - Viola
Hannah Watson - Piano

Luba Tunnicliffe (viola) and Hannah Watson (piano) were both scholarship students at the Guildhall School. Luba won the school’s Max and Peggy Morgan Award in 2012, and was the viola soloist in Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with the GSMD Chamber Orchestra in 2014. Hannah has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in major London venues.

Together, Luba and Hannah have performed recitals at various venues including the Royal Festival Hall as part of the Martin Music Scholarship Fund Series.

This concert is supported by the Countess of Munster Trust Recital Scheme.

Review by Terry Keeler
Sunday 20 March 2016
Luna Tunnicliffe (Viola) and Hannah Watson (Piano)


These two young artists, supported by the Countess of Munster Trust Recital Scheme, performed a concert of top quality here in Northrepps – having performed at prestigious venues such as the Royal Festival Hall, St John's Smith Square, St Martin-in-the-Fields and the Barbican to name but a few.


Vieuxtemps Sonata Op.36 being the first item on the programme immediately focussed the audience's attention by the maturity of both players. Schumann said of this Sonata wherein there were no breaks between the three movements “it was a work with no beginning and no ending” and stated it portrayed a magic circle. This true masterpiece aptly suited the tenor voice of the viola producing a beautiful timbre and textures.


Hindemith Sonata Op.11 No 4 in unusual form, where the three movements became continuous without the usual small pause between each one.


Britten's Lachrymae for viola and piano brought such a contrast in style harmonic explorations, with dissonants being the exciting sounds and haunting melodies, stirring the imagination of the listener over the ten short variations, really testing the techniques of both performers.


Brahms Sonata Op.120 No 2 originally written for clarinet, adapted for viola and piano, called upon the skill of both players to the highest degree, seemingly they both had what was required of them, obviously enjoying the challenge, where the rapport between both produced an impeccable and accomplished performance - a superb concert brought to Templewood where the standards remain excellent, bringing rapturous applause as always.


Terry Keeler
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