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Review by Terry Keeler
Sunday 20 March 2016
Luna Tunnicliffe (Viola) and Hannah Watson (Piano)

These two young artists, supported by the Countess of Munster Trust Recital Scheme, performed a concert of top quality here in Northrepps – having performed at prestigious venues such as the Royal Festival Hall, St John's Smith Square, St Martin-in-the-Fields and the Barbican to name but a few.

Vieuxtemps Sonata Op.36 being the first item on the programme immediately focussed the audience's attention by the maturity of both players. Schumann said of this Sonata wherein there were no breaks between the three movements “it was a work with no beginning and no ending” and stated it portrayed a magic circle. This true masterpiece aptly suited the tenor voice of the viola producing a beautiful timbre and textures.

Hindemith Sonata Op.11 No 4 in unusual form, where the three movements became continuous without the usual small pause between each one.

Britten's Lachrymae for viola and piano brought such a contrast in style harmonic explorations, with dissonants being the exciting sounds and haunting melodies, stirring the imagination of the listener over the ten short variations, really testing the techniques of both performers.

Brahms Sonata Op.120 No 2 originally written for clarinet, adapted for viola and piano, called upon the skill of both players to the highest degree, seemingly they both had what was required of them, obviously enjoying the challenge, where the rapport between both produced an impeccable and accomplished performance - a superb concert brought to Templewood where the standards remain excellent, bringing rapturous applause as always.

Terry Keeler
Tel 01263 513273