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Review by Terry Keeler
Bogdan Vacarescu (violin) and Heidi Parsons (Cello)
Templewood, Northrepps  25th November 2012

Today Cromer Music Evenings maintained the high standard, now expected at Templewood, in presenting two world class artists who delighted almost a full house with a well chosen programme: contrary to the order Heidi Parsons opened with J S Bachís Cello Suite No 1 in G Major. The Prelude to begin this set of dances is usual but is not always the case, as often the Allemande is the first item followed by Courante, Sarabande, Bourees and Gigue the suite of five dances, being unaccompanied leaves the performer exposed to the listener regarding intonation and tone quality. Both being absolutely sublime in the hands of this master of the instrument.

The Chaconne from Partita ll for Violin solo by J S Bach, again being unaccompanied, captured an intimate rapport with the audience, adding even more to an atmosphere of musical excitement.

Maurice Ravelís Sonate for Violin and Cello in four movements was written in memory of Ravelís friendship with Debussy. This piece encapsulated almost everything required of accomplished string players, here, amongst the dissonant passages and the beautiful unusual lyrical lines, from the wailing sounds of the Lento movement, to the aggressive double stopping where the chords played, with almost a percussive effect, was riveting to witness.

After the interval, Niccolo Paganiniís Duetto ll (Tre Duetti Concertanti) for violin and cello displaying the magnetic rapport between the two artists, was unblemished, as they accompanied each otherís playing of the melodic line.

The Concert Variations on "The Last Rose of Summer" by H W Ernst for solo violin consisted of a myriad of improvisatory snippets, was performed with ease and yes, humorous ideas, conjured up, Iím sure, as the performance progressed by none other than Vacarescu himself!

Passacaglia (frei nach Handel) by Johan Halvorsen was the final piece in what proved to be the highlight of Cromer Music Evenings current series.

Terry Keeler
16 Norwich Road, Cromer
Tel 01263 513273