Dramatic and rhythmic contrasts in Colyton

PUBLISHED: 15:25 01 October 2010


First of the season’s Concerts in Colyton is a real treat

In the Beethoven Sonata Op101, he produced beautiful chord resonances, a singing piano and a remarkable insight into the depth of the music. There were dramatic and rhythmic contrasts, too, all with a feeling of great authority, making an impressive start to an interesting programme.

Four Etudes, by Debussy, gave Jayson opportunities for all sorts of displays – each study demanding different technique and style, and he took full advantage, producing everything

The second half of the programme was all Chopin, some of it not frequently heard: two Etudes; the A minor Op 10/2 streaming up and down the keyboard with exciting fluency; a Nocturne, where the singing tune had other beautiful comments from the middle register; the E major Scherzo; the Introduction and Rondo and the Polonaise-Fantaisie, giving a remarkable and convincing catalogue of Chopin’s differing styles.

Small wonder that Jayson has already won many prestigious prizes. He leaves here to compete in the Chopin Competition in Warsaw, and everyone in the Colyton audience has high expectations of him and will wish him success.

William Llewellyn

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