REVIEW: ‘Brilliant’ pair take village hall by storm

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Words like ‘brilliant’, ‘stunning’, ‘outstanding’ are often used to excess – but not in the case of the recital given by the piano duo of Karim Said and Evelyne Berezovsky at Swineshead Village Hall.

Their international fame had gone before them and attracted a splendid audience, anticipating great things. We were not disappointed.

They opened with the Sonata for two pianos (K448) by Mozart, a work originally written for the composer and his sister to enjoy playing together, and here unfolded with dazzlingly precise ensemble and finger-work. There followed a series of solo works by Liszt, Ravel and Chopin, each demanding a technique and musicality of the highest order and revealing both performers as artistes of the highest class.

It was the final work in the programme - the Brahms/Haydn Variations which brought the audience to its feet. Better known perhaps in its orchestral garb the piano duo version nevertheless lacks for nothing in musical interest, nor its demands on the performers. The standing ovation was well deserved.

Review by Brian Moore.