Well-bal­anced pro­gramme

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Sounds Good -

A TRIO of top mu­si­cians graced Ash­ford Mu­sic So­ci­ety’s open­ing con­cert se­ries at Nor­ton Knatch­bull School.

Clar­inet­tist Robert Plane, Philip Dukes, vi­ola, and pi­anist Sophia Rah­man have played to­gether as a trio for sev­eral years.

Brahms’ sec­ond clar­inet sonata is well known, but not so scored for vi­ola and pi­ano, in which Dukes and Rah­man gave a pro­foundly mov­ing per­for­mance.

John Ire­land’s fan­tasy-sonata for clar­inet and pi­ano is rarely heard, but Plane and Rah­man’s com­mit­ted in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the 20th cen­tury clas­sic con­vinced me that it de­served to be more of­ten heard.

The well-bal­anced pro­gramme also fea­tured mu­sic for a full trio. The open­ing fea­tured the de­light­ful three pieces by Max Bruch. Clos­ing the reper­toire was a spir­ited per­for­mance of Mozart’s ever-pop­u­lar Kegel­statt Trio.


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