Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

From the Sublime to the Bluegrass; WORLD

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

From the Sublime to the Bluegrass; WORLD

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Byline: SIMON BROUGHTON

The Soul of the Fiddle

Queen Elizabeth Hall

IT IS a simple idea, and not a new one - to showcase different violin styles from around the globe - but it works. One instrument. A world of sounds, colours and voices.

The first half was all wedding music and proof the fiddle is a universal party instrument. Light and furious tunes in skewed Balkan rhythms from Turkish violinist Nedim Nalbantoglu followed by the stately ringing strings of the Hardanger fiddle from Norway, played by the quaintly dressed (ribbons on his calves) Sven Olav Lyngstad.

A beautiful contrast between the austere Nordic tones and the swooning, sultry world of south India where Balu Raguraman reminded us that every wedding celebrates the marriage of Rama and Sita. From the sublime to the Bluegrass. Enter Rick Townend and chums who gatecrashed from another party.

Part two featured Greek tunes from Kyriakos Gouventas, sensitively played, but with piano accompaniment they seemed too like salon music. …

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