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REVIEW: Stockbridge Music
1:04am Thursday 17th October 2013 in Entertainments
MOST of us go to a concert with expectations. Perhaps there will be something by a favourite composer or a work by a new composer we would like to hear.
Maybe a player of known brilliance is going to perform.
Sometimes we love the sound of a particular instrument.
At the latest concert put on by Stockbridge Music, all these hopes were brilliantly realised when the David Owen Norris Piano Trio came to St Peter’s Church.
The trio are all of very high quality. The violinist is Camilla Scarlett and the cellist Jonathan Byers, with David Owen Norris the pianist.
All were playing on old instruments, the violin and cello strung with gut rather than steel.
Norris was playing on a 1828 Broadwood piano, offering a potential delicacy of sound, which was on show in the first piece, the charming trio by William Sterndale Bennett.
Then followed Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata beginning gently but later showing the piano’s louder capacity in a more stormy section.
Next was a gentler mood with Elgar’s Chansons de Matin and de Nuit and his Salut d’amour. Finally Mendelssohn’s Trio in D minor, a lovely work in which Norris’s passion for the composer and the fine playing of all three were shown to perfection.
The sell-out audience left with smiles and a sense of having heard something special.
This was truly a concert to relish and remember. Another success for Stockbridge Music.
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