Chipping Sodbury and Yate Gazette.
Bartosz Glowacki and Corentin Chassard
April 11th 2017
Accordion and Cello Duo
Sponsored by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, Bartosz Glowacki - accordion and Corentin Chassard - cello presented an unusual combination of instruments at the April concert of the Chipping Sodbury Music Society.
Two very poignant works stood out. Firstly Czech composer Vaclav Trojan’s “Destroyed Cathedral” inspired by his tearful witness of Dresden Cathedral’s devastation by war and secondly Victor Vlasov’s “Archipelago Gulag” where the horrors of Stalin’s Siberian incarcerations were rendered with chilling musical realism.
There were many lighter items. Arrangements of two of Scarlatti’s contrasting piano sonatas were played with great delicacy in the first of these and precise articulation in the second. A transcription of Schubert’s love song “Softly Through the Night is Calling” was delightfully realised.
Bach’s “Cello Suite No 1 Allemande and Currante” was technically and artistically assured. The adagio from Marcello’s “Oboe Concerto” was performed with a gentle touch and the first movement of Vivaldi’s “Cello Sonata No 6” responded well to an unexpectedly up-tempo rendition.
Bloch’s “Prayer from a Jewish Life” was played with rapt concentration and a “Macedonian Folk Song” made a fine impression in instrumental form. Two rhythmic South American pieces by Bandolim and Piazzola ended the evening in rousing fashion. Both players had clearly shown mastery of their trade and their supreme musicianship was highly praised by members of the audience after the concert.
16 April 2017