The Musicians Company Concerts Wigmore Hall duo Cho/Szalucka

Just made it to the Wigmore for the Musicians Company Concert withYoon Kyung Cho ,cello and Anna Szalucka ,piano. Some very fine duo playing in Prokofievs sonata op 119 .The unexpected lyricism of this sonata, written for Rostropovich and Richter and first performed in 1950,was matched by some beautifully characterised playing with both artists totally absorbed in their music making together .Some beautiful rich cello sounds matched by some equally fine playing from the piano,both totally identifying with Prokofievs sound world.I was just sorry to have missed their Debussy Sonata having been detained for an equally rewarding musical experience at the RAM with some fine trio playing.Anna too is from the RAM as I was years ago . Four mazukas for solo piano were beatifully played by Anna who totally identified with her fellow Polish compatriot Karol Szymanowski. I well remember Artur Rubinstein adding these four mazurkas in the middle of an all Chopin programme.And so it was with Annas other solo work Chopin`s fourth ballade. But wheras Rubinstein taught us that the true way to the heart of Chopin is simplicity and nobility it was here that Annas total identification did not allow the music to talk with the simplicity that can make this work the monument that the composer intended The encore the famous Melodie from Thais was played with great style , here never allowing the music to become sentimental and the glorious sounds from the cello were matched by the subtlety of the piano and was greeted by great approval from a numerous enthusiastic public.

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