Review: MCCS – Paul Turner

Paul Turner is a well-known presence in this locality and so it was no surprise to see the Memorial Hall full of subscribers as well as his local fan club! 

The concert opened with a rarely played gem – Mozart’s Suite in C K399, which is a work that bridges the gap between the Baroque and Classical periods most eloquently.  This work displays a simplicity that requires great control and balancing of parts. Paul treated us to a lyrical and nuanced rendition.

Following this, we were allowed to indulge in the old favourite – Beethoven’s ‘Moonlight’ Sonata. The sensitivity of the first movement produced a real silence in the hall such was the sense of calm and mystery.

The first half concluded with Chopin’s posthumous Nocturne in C sharp Minor, made famous in Roman Polanski’s film, The Pianist. There can be few pieces of music so poignant and haunting. Paul created a beautiful cantabile tone, which soared to the back of the hall even in the quietest dynamics.

Pictures at an Exhibition by Mussorgsky brought the recital to a close. Paul’s performance was a master class in how to draw out the colours from the piano in such a way that you can almost conjure the original pictures in your mind.  From the humour of the ‘unhatched chickens’ to the majesty of the ‘Great gate of Kiev’ we were never in doubt of Paul’s vision of the piece.

Clare Toomer
Deputy Head of Music

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