The Society’s year started in brilliant form at our concert in the Methodist Church on 19th January when we were treated to what can only be described as virtuoso performances from Charles Matthews and Lynn Arnold. It may have been a cold evening outside, but inside the air was warmed by some outstanding playing by two popular local pianists.
The programme began with Beethoven’s piano piece written for two hands, the Sonata in D major opus 6. This light-hearted piece was followed by Mendelssohn’s Variations in B flat major, and Schubert’s Fantasie in F minor, a delightful piano piece for four hands in four movements played without pause.
Beethoven’s Symphony no 5 is possibly the most well known of Beethoven’s orchestral output; however I think no-one in the audience had heard it played as a piano duet and they were in for a treat. To say it was a brilliant performance is an understatement, and we were all mesmerised as the music, which was so familiar as an orchestral piece, was played to such great effect, showing perfect synchronisation between the two performers. After a joyous encore, audience members rose to their feet to show their appreciation for a really enjoyable evening of music.