Sunday 30th March 2014
Bogdan Vacarescu - Violin
Heidi Parsons - Cello
Born in Romania, Bogdan began violin aged 4 winning his first award at 5 years old, later graduating from the Bucharest University of music in 2000 and from the Royal Academy of Music in 2003, since when he has performed classical music as a soloist around the world. In 2007 he founded the East European group Paprika performing at major international festivals. Heidi enjoys an incredibly varied career which takes her all over the world. She is cellist of the Galos Piano Trio and regularly performs with them both at home and abroad. Heidi's recent engagements have included performances at the RFH, Purcell Room and live on BBC Radio 3, and in venues as far afield as China, Brazil and Africa. She is also a founding member of the innovative education group 'Painting Music', which focusses on introducing music to children with autism.
30th MARCH 2014
BOGDAN VACARESCU - VIOLIN
HEIDI PARSONS - CELLO
The two artists engaged by Cromer Music Evenings for the second time within 16 months again performed with virtuoso brilliance, works by Beethoven, Bach, Honegger, Ysaye, Halverson and Paganini.
Although the programme did not run as printed, and that one or two pieces from their first visit were repeated, it became irrelevant and cancelled out any negative thoughts which were overcome by the sheer mastery of their respective instruments.
The well attended audience witnessed the wondrous capabilities of each of the stringed instruments, especially in Niccolo Paganini’s Nel cor piu mi sento for solo violin and Cello suite No 3 in C Minor by J S Bach.
Despite the experience of absorbing the artistry of these players in these two complex compositions, the highlight for me being the four Two Part Inventions written for piano or harpsichord which, having been arranged for violin and cello, proved to be - in their contrasted simplicity, to what has gone before and after - the wonderful effect Bach’s writings, whatever textures he used, and however complex they are, has a profound effect on all who participate in performance and composition, whether it be classical and yes, even jazz.
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