So­prano sings of comedy and rage

Campbeltown Courier - - LEISURE - Re­view by Mar­ian For­dom

A so­prano switched style and emo­tion with ease while a gui­tarist pro­vided con­trast at Kin­tyre Mu­sic Club’s (KMC) monthly con­cert. Last Fri­day KMC hosted a con­cert by in­ter­na­tion­ally ac­claimed so­prano Ali­son McNeill, whose grand­fa­ther was born in Ar­gyll Street, and Per­sian/Scot­tish gui­tarist Sasha Saval­oni. This pro­vided a very en­joy­able evening, with a well-cho­sen pro­gramme of songs from France, Scot­land and Spain mixed with gui­tar so­los. Ali­son switched style and emo­tion with ease, from the comedy of the De­libes song Mar­guerite, Elle est Malade, to the folk-like sin­cer­ity of Dream An­gus and John An­der­son My Jo and the gal­lop­ing pace of The Deil’s awa wi the Ex­cise­man. Fur­ther con­trast was pro­vided by Stu­art MacRae’s The Lif of this World, a work for voice and gui­tar first per­formed at the St Mag­nus Fes­ti­val and in the style of Scot­tish psalms, and Marco Ramelli’s Moon with its word­less vo­cal line, gui­tar mu­sic and recita­tion of a Per­sian poem to the moon. The Span­ish mu­sic in­cluded songs by Ro­drigo – Tres Can­ciones Es­panolas, Grana­dos – Tonadil­las, and Tu­rina - Dos Can­ciones Es­panolas which gave Ali­son a chance to cover a huge range of emo­tions from comedy to rage and hate, which she did with con­fi­dence and con­vic­tion, car­ry­ing the au­di­ence. Sasha’s gui­tar so­los pro­vided con­trast and in­cluded an­other piece by Marco Ramelli, two del­i­cate ar­range­ments of Schu­bert songs, Lob der Tra­nen and Am Meer and the well-known An­daluza, Span­ish Dance Num­ber five by Grana­dos which many gui­tar play­ers know well. As an en­core the duo per­formed St Columba’s prayer, mov­ing in its sim­plic­ity. Both per­form­ers com­mu­ni­cated well with the au­di­ence and per­formed with con­fi­dence and con­vic­tion pro­vid­ing a great evening’s en­ter­tain­ment.

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Gui­tarist Sasha Saval­oni and so­prano Ali­son McNeill.

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