Magazine article Musical Opinion

An Evening of Chopin - Du Pré Concert the Wigmore Hall

Magazine article Musical Opinion

An Evening of Chopin - Du Pré Concert the Wigmore Hall

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Jacqueline du Pré is remembered in the Jwigmore Hall by an annual charity concert; this year's took place on March 9 and was devoted to the music of Chopin, except for one work, Mozart's Piano Trio ? E flat K 542, a favourite of Chopin's that he played in public during one of his rare concerts. It is one of Mozarf s most intimate and tender works, yet the performance revealed little feeling for style, being brusque and matter-of-fact, curious in that the performers call themselves the London Mozart Trio.

Chopin's account opened with a peak work, his fourth Ballade in F minor, which begins so disarmingly simply and develops in a convoluting way, almost like seeing a speeded-up film of a rain forest, ending with a coda of a cadenza that is a seething mass of modulating brilliance. Evelyne Berezovsky, not yet twenty years of age, a Russian pianist now living in London, could see through the tangled paths and guide us on the fantastic journey, the only criticism being that she somewhat overused the sustaining pedal.

In another of Chopin's recital programmes he played the last three movements of his late Cello Sonata, a work that often confirms the view that Chopin was not at his best when he added stringed instruments to his palette. Not so on this occasion, for Jamie Walton was thoroughly convincing and so was his pianist, Daniel Grimwood. After the interval, Alison Pearce sang three Mazurkas arranged as songs by Pauline Viardot, Chopin's friend. These are interesting but attention waned, because of the singer's dubious intonation and lack of charm. …

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