Findlay Spence (cello) and Anna Han (piano) brought the curtain down on the tenth series of these concerts with a stupendous performance of a contrasting and challenging programme.
They began with Beethoven’s A Major Sonata for Piano and Cello, described as a showpiece for both instruments, and played as such by both Findlay and Anna. It was a wonderful introduction to the skill and sensitivity of these young performers, playing together as if one. By contrast the second piece was the Cello Sonata in C Major by Britten, full of quirkiness such as evidenced in the programme notes referring to one of the movements as “a sped-up parody”, and another as “a tip of the hat to the satirical music of Prokofiev and Shostakovich”. We were back on a more even keel with the final piece, the Cello Sonata in A Major by Franck, gloriously performed with incredible energy and remarkable understanding of both the music and each other, which resulted in a standing ovation. Quite simply, stunning!
The 11th series is in the process of being finalised. Later this year we will have the pleasure of: