Chipping Sodbury and Yate Gazette.
Reviews for 2018-19 Season
"Thank you so much again for your inviting us to play for the Chipping Sodbury Music Society on Tuesday evening, both Christine and I had a wonderful time performing for you. Please do pass on our thanks to everyone involved in making the concert a success and I wish you all the best for the upcoming season."
Jonathan Radford (saxaphone)
Christine Zerafa (piano)
9th October 2018
" Gold Medal Saxophonist Comes to Town"
Two hugely talented young artists, Jonathan Radford saxophone and Christine Zerafa piano, supported by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, got the 2018-19 season of Chipping Sodbury Music Society off to a flying start. Praised for his “exceptional musicianship and emotive playing", saxophonist Jonathan Radford is the 2018 Royal Over-Seas League Music Competition Gold Medallist and first prize winner. Christine Zerafa accompanied him on piano during his prize-winning performance in June at the Elizabeth Hall, South Bank, London.
A wide-ranging programme started with Debussy’s Rapsodie for alto saxophone and piano, one of just a few classical compositions written for saxophone. The differing moods, both passionate and relaxed, were well captured. A Chaconne by Vitali proved an attractive work. Technically demanding it gave the piano equal prominence. Rachmaninov’s Vocalise has received many transcriptions over the years. This melodious work with its Russian flavour was well received. Grieg’s Sonata no 1 brought the bracing air of Norway into the hall.
The Suite Espanola by Albeniz, with its infectious Spanish rhythms, showed the close rapport between the artists. Perhaps the highlight of the evening was a piece by Vivancos illustrating a mosquito flying around until it is squatted. The effects achieved on the saxophone were truly amazing. Piazolla’s Histoire du Tango traced its development from 1900 to 1960. The final work, Gershwin’s popular Rhapsody in Blue employing the soprano, alto and tenor saxophones, saw both players enjoying the jazz elements in this piece.
A total mastery of their instruments beckons a bright future for both artists.
13th October 2018
November 13th 2018
Warm Sounds of the Guitar
Andreas Moutsioulis, a Greek born guitarist, made a welcome return to the Chipping Sodbury Music Society for the November concert. In his very successful career he has been a prize-winner in many international competitions and has performed in Europe and the USA.
In the opening work “Songe Capricorne” by Dyens a delicate touch was much in evidence. Leo Bowers’ “A Day in November” with its subtle melancholic theme was beautifully realised. An Argentinian folk song “Alfonsina y el mar” by Ramirez enjoyed a delightful rhythmic drive. Closer to home was John Lennon’s “Yesterday” and Paul McCartney’s “Fool on the Hill”. These familiar works were savoured by soloist and audience alike.
Three Greek songs by Theodorakis, arranged for guitar by the soloist, were melodious and atmospheric; “Amelia” by Kristianto was given its first public performance in a guitar arrangement. It proved a particularly poignant piece. Two works by the popular Argentinian composer Piazolla showed both his sad nostalgic side and his spicy tango rhythms. “Memories of the Alhambra” by Tarrega is a technically challenging work but the special tremolo effect was carried off with great aplomb.
What a pleasure it was to hear the guitar caressed and employed in music which demonstrated the full range of this versatile instrument.
November 16th 2018