Delightful music in Colyton

PUBLISHED: 14:07 02 November 2010


Naoko Miyamoto and Simon Lane performed a stylish recital, with a well-chosen programme in Colyton recently.

The Violinist Naoko Miyamoto and the pianist Simon Lane played for Concerts for Colyton on Saturday, October 23, in St Andrew’s Church, in a stylish recital with a well-chosen programme.

Beethoven’s Spring Sonata began with the exact serene singing fluency from both players, which this piece invites. The interplay between the two instruments, one taking the tune and the other the harmonic content, and then the other way round, was very well matched. A resonant slow movement, and then the scherzo, rather too fast to catch the “teasing” between the two players, where violin imitates piano at the end of the phrases, and can easily make the listeners smile.

The last movement flowed beautifully; all in all, a sunlit performance of a sunny work.

Brahms’s D minor Sonata followed. It is a powerful work and our two players gave a fine account of it, accentuating the rugged drama and, at the same time, dealing with the very demanding technicalities in each part with consummate ease. One could imagine an orchestra in much of Simon’s playing, and there were lovely pianissimo moments from both performers.

After the Brahms, Mendelssohn’s F major Sonata felt curiously straightforward, very enjoyable nonetheless, the players, always musical, showing energy and thoughtfulness by turns.

Sarasate’s Introduction and Tarantella, written as a showpiece, was played like an accurate helter-skelter and received an involuntary well-deserved cheer as it finished.

Andrew Booth, guitarist, will give the next concert in this series, on Saturday, November 20, in St Andrew’s Church.

William Llewellyn

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