Cromer Music Evenings


Review by Terry Keeler
Rosanna Ter-Berg (Flute) and Leo Nicholson (Piano)
Templewood, Northrepps  24th March 2013

On a bitterly cold day many people came to listen to quality performances by Rosanna Ter-Berg and Leo Nicholson, playing music by Frank Martin, William Alwyn, Copeland, Poulenc, Debussy, Taktakishvili and Mike Mower.

Both artists have performed at many prestigious concert halls throughout the UK. Ter-Berg will be performing with the London Sinfonietta at the Proms this summer.

Leo Nicholson is a much sought after accompanist and is currently at Trinity as a faculty member working with singers and wind players.

The opening piece of the concert Ballade by Frank Martin, a prolific Swiss composer/pianist whose wife died whilst he was writing this piece, explained the deep emotion portrayed in the music, which was performed with intense and almost tangible sensitivity and respect for the composer’s intention.

After the interval, Debussy’s Six Epigraphes Antiques which he wrote to accompany spoken poems written by a friend- these were just six short works of the 12 originally written.

The highlight for me, of this concert, being Mike Mower’s Scree, from Sonata No 3. This intense and exciting work, I am sure, aroused all present, who had probably been lulled into a peaceful dimension by the soothing and sometimes haunting sounds of the flute. Here Mower’s composition in performance confirmed the extreme capabilities of the two artists who performed this most demanding work involving a truly modern progressive jazz idiom, in style, with its demands on the performers was met with relish and ease.

On leaving Templewood I hope classical purists were prompted to reflect on their preferences after experiencing the writings of Mike Mower!

Terry Keeler
16 Norwich Road, Cromer
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