Magazine article Musical Opinion

Clara Rodriguez at the Purcell Room

Magazine article Musical Opinion

Clara Rodriguez at the Purcell Room

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The distinguished Venezuelan pianist Clara Rodriguez is well-known for the care with which she compiles her programmes, and this one, at the Purcell Room on December 3, entitled Histoires d'Amour, was no exception. In a concert that set out to explore music inspired by feelings of love, longing and friendship she gave us a masterclass of the interpretative art in music by Debussy, Ravel and Reynaldo Hahn ending with music from South America, which Rodriguez has done so much to promote over the years. Interspersed by relevant texts read by Timothy Adės and William Roberts, it made for an engrossing evening.

The evening began with two études by Debussy - Pour les degrés chromatiques and Pour les arpeges composés, which the composer himself described as extremely difficult to play with a warning to pianists "not to take up the piano as a profession unless they have remarkable hands"! Clara Rodriguez brought not only great technical skill, but a fine artistic sensibility to her playing.

Next a reading of Paul Verlaine's poem Claire de lune, which inspired the third section of the Suite Bergamesque, prefaced a performance of one of Debussy's best known and best loved compositions. Disarmingly simple, the pieces nonetheless require playing of consummate skill, which this pianist possesses in spades.

Another reading followed, describing the intense relationship between Marcel Proust and Reynaldo Hahn, in which Proust said "Everything I have ever done has always been thanks to Reynaldo Hahn". …

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