. . .bringing together lovers of fine music in a friendly and convivial atmosphere
Chipping Sodbury Music Society
UK Registered Charity No. 1005346
Sophia Lisovskaya (piano)
Sergey Levitin (violin)
December 4th 2018
Superlative performance by two musical superstars
The December concert of the Chipping Sodbury Music Society saw the welcome return of pianist Sophia Lisovskaya, this time accompanied by her Russian compatriot violinist Sergey Levitin. Both artists are recognised worldwide for their artistry and have recorded for the Signum and Dutton Epoch record labels.
Their popular programme had a predominantly Russian and French flavour. Russian favourites included Tchaikovsky’s Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy played at an ideal tempo which brought out both the colour and perky rhythm of this piece. Prokofiev’s march from The Love For Three Oranges emphasised the grotesque drama.
Claude Debussy was well represented in his anniversary year. Clair de Lune was given a gentle treatment with real pathos. His decadent waltz La Plus Que Lente was attacked with great vigour and Prélude à l'Après-Midi d'un Faune successfully conjured up visions of a languid sultry afternoon. Massenet’s Meditation from Thais was sweetly but passionately done, with fine interplay between the players.
The second half opened with the Rosenkavalier Waltzes by Richard Strauss. These delicious confections were played with great charm. George Gershwin’s Summertime and It Ain’t Necessarily So illustrated well swinging 1920s America. Mascagni’s popular intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana was given a lyrical and relaxed interpretation.
The best tunes from Bizet’s Carmen ensured a thrilling finale to a well-received concert. An encore of Holy Night, Silent Night was suitably festive.
December 11th 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