OUTSTANDING YOUNG MUSICIANS PRESENTED BY CONCERTS FOR CHRISTCHURCH FOUNDATION TRUST.
The two most substantial works of the recital were Bach’s Sonata in E Minor opening the programme and Poulenc’s glorious Sonata for Flute and Piano which came towards the end.
Around these flautist Matthew Lee arranged a further three pieces of real variety, all of them adding up to a sizeable and highly enjoyable listen for a lunchtime concert.
According to the programme notes, this concert formed part of Lee’s preparation for overseas auditions and I’d say he has assembled a good range of music in the programme to show off his skills, from the Baroque through to the contemporary.
From the outset Lee was totally involved in the music.
He moves with it and is unafraid to show his musical intentions physically in order to enhance what he is trying to achieve musically.
His rendition of the Bach was most expressive, accentuating the internal dialogues in the rather angular phrases of the first movement while proving quick and agile in the second movement, where sneaking breaths in the incessant semiquaver passages was expertly done.
Lee created a sense of calm in the third movement before whip- ping up a storm in the final one.
To avoid on occasion hurrying the detail in the lower register, I felt this could have been taken at a slightly less frenetic pace.
Before moving on, I must congratulate pianist Melanie Lina on a splendid job throughout. In the Bach her accompaniment was all