Chipping Sodbury and Yate Gazette.
17th May 2016
The Chipping Sodbury Music Society final concert of the 2015-2016 season welcomed Andreas Moutsioulis, locally based and internationally acclaimed guitarist. What a treat it was to hear this often abused instrument caressed with a gentle touch.
‘Sevilla’ by Albeniz, based on Spanish folk tunes, was full of light and shade. An affectionate approach to Brouwer’s ‘A Day in November’ brought out the delicacy and melancholy in this work.
Two compositions by the Argentinean tango exponent Piazzolla followed. His ‘Milonga del Angel’, a gentle piece with a sad nostalgic melody, contrasted strongly with ‘Libertango’, full of spicy rhythms.
‘Asturias’ by Albeniz showed off the sheer dexterity of the artist in a piece suggesting the footwork of a Flamenco dancer.
This well received programme proved a fitting end to a successful season.
Gerry Philp – 27 May 2016
The Marylebone Trio
on March 8th 2016
The Marylebone Trio, Jemma Bausor - oboe, Helen James - clarinet and Alexandra Davidson - bassoon were the artists at the March concert of the Chipping Sodbury Music Society. Their wide ranging programme spanned nearly 300 years.
The first half featured music by Bach, Schubert, Ibert, Telemann and Beethoven. Bach’s three sinfonias were well integrated and Schubert’s Trio was a youthful composition relished by the players. Ibert’s five pieces based on French folk music had a refreshingly Gallic flavour. Telemann’s Fantasia for solo oboe demonstrated the full range of the instrument. Beethoven’s variations on a popular German theme were played with enthusiasm.
Mozart’s Divertimento no. 2 which followed the interval was a typically melodious work with jolly fast movements and graceful minuets and trios. Solos for clarinet by Bela Kovaks and bassoon by CPE Bach were played with great eloquence. Stefan de Haan’s Divertimento on some familiar folksongs proved a fitting finale to a well received concert by a highly talented trio.
Gerry Philp – 11th March 2016