Magazine article Musical Opinion

Natalia Lomeiko, Violin, Yuri Zhislin, Violin & Viola, Katia Skanavi, Piano

Magazine article Musical Opinion

Natalia Lomeiko, Violin, Yuri Zhislin, Violin & Viola, Katia Skanavi, Piano

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Wigmore Hall

Bruch: From Stucke, Op. 83 - No. 6. Nachtgesang. No. 7. Allegro, ma non troppo, No. 8 Moderato. Ysaye: Sonata in A minor for two solo violins. Martinu: Three Madrigals for violin and viola. Brahms: Trio in E flat Op. 40 for violin, viola & piano.

In my recent concertgoings, I do not think I have seen and heard anything quite so beautiful as this on 1 Oth January 20 1 1 . Not only was the programme interestingly chosen and varied, but the 'sign language' between the two artists was enormously compelling. Zhislan's cueings - with eyebrows literally working overtime, and Lomeiko's side-on-facing concentrated musical acceptance, made me 'imagine' that I was listening to the most perfect blending of stringed instruments, ever! It led me to wonder whether Sammons and Tertis, whose live Queen's Hall Proms transmission of Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante was justly famous, would have sounded in comparison, performing in the Wigmore Hall's precincts - all those year's back.

Each piece of music tells a kind of story from the past, and having Bruch and Brahms on the programme reminds me of when the two were present on a particular occasion and poor Max was forced to accept asinine treatment from the great Johannes, and accepted it all in good faith and a state of reverance. Listening to the wondrous tunefulness of the chosen pieces from Opus 83 causes me to wonder just why we hardly hear the remainder of Bruch's string works, or those great choral masterpieces like 'Moses'. His accomplishments are sorely ignored and neglected. …

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