Yuka Ishizuka and Riyad Nicolas Central Hall, Darlington
THE latest Darlington
Music Society concert in the Central Hall of the Dolphin Centre was an
international affair with the violin/ piano partnership of Yuka
Ishizuka, from Japan, and Syrianborn Riyad Nicolas in an interesting
programme covering a musical range from the 17th to the 20th centuries.
First came Brahms’ 1st Violin Sonata in G, op. 78, given a big-boned
and richly expressive performance by both performers, bringing out the
sombre and emotional elements of the central adagio most effectively and
meeting all the strong requirements of the closing movements.
Ishizuka then turned her attention to the 17th century and J S Bach.
The D minor Chaconne for solo violin from the 2nd Partita, BWV 1005, is a
towering expression of his musical powers and drew forth a performance
that held the listeners’ attention totally, matching in “orchestral”
effect that achieved by Busoni's transcription for piano heard at this
venue by pianist James Sherlock just seven days earlier.
Moving forward to the 20th century and Prokofiev’s Violin Sonata no.1
in F minor, op. 80, saw piano and violin both showing a degree of
austerity and introspection, entirely appropriate to the nature of the
work and with close attention to detail.
Next up, on March 16, Pure Brass, a Scottish brass quintet, will
provide a lively programme from Gabrielli and Bach to Lennon and
McCartney and Irving Berlin.
Details from R Tooze, treasurer, on 01325-467163 or communigate.co.uk/ne/dms/.