Heralding the brightest and the best

Southwold Concert Series, St Edmund's Church, Southwold, April 4This was the second in an ambitious series of concerts which, according to director and Southwold resident, Nathan Williamson, aims to bring the finest young artists of their generation to Suffolk.

Southwold Concert Series, St Edmund's Church, Southwold, April 4

This was the second in an ambitious series of concerts which, according to director and Southwold resident, Nathan Williamson, aims to bring the finest young artists of their generation to Suffolk.

And, with performers fresh from performances at the Wigmore and Southbank, this pledge seems to have been fulfilled.

The programme alternated between Mozart and Brahms violin and piano works, performed by French violinist David Chivers with Nathan Williamson on the piano.


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Both began with the appropriate energy and seriousness required for Brahms' youthful Sonatensatz, before taking on the carefree mood in Mozart's Sonata in G major, K.301.

Williamson led with lively tempi, providing an atmosphere of fun as Mozart's effortless but intriguing melodies were delightfully spun.

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Mozart's Sonata K.379 was quite a different proposition, with the performers aiming to highlight the passionate nature of this work - which they unquestionably did, despite one or two rough edges.

The penultimate variation of the last movement was perhaps the highlight of the whole concert, the piano melody spoken with an exquisite, delicate touch and delightful ornamentation.

The icy sounds of Webern's Four Pieces op.7 provided the perfect foil to the impassioned strivings of the Brahms' D minor work, which was driven along in the final movement to a spectacular conclusion.

This was a wonderful exhibition of music making and, with another concert scheduled for December, the series is fast establishing itself as one of the most important dates in the Suffolk's classical music calendar.

Georgina Wroe

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