Review: Tasmin Little & Martin Roscoe

Tasmin Little (Photo credit: Benjamin Ealovega)

Category: Music

Some years ago, I had the pleasure of hearing Tasmin Little in a performance at the BBC Proms.  What I heard was compelling in every sense:  musically, emotionally and technically an artist of huge personality and stature, an artist with a gift to communicate and engage at the very highest level.  For decades she has continued her crusade as a violinist of international repute and class.  

No surprise, then, that her recital with the outstanding pianist Martin Roscoe was an absolute delight and every bit as engaging as the first occasion on which I heard her play.  The rapport between Little and Roscoe is faultless and beautifully balanced too - Roscoe's tender and sophisticated touch perfectly complimenting Little's ravishing, vibrato-laden sound.  

So, where do we start with this programme?  If you are a Fauré lover then this was a gift from God - his sumptuous (but tricky) A major Sonata was exquisitely delivered, with all the necessary subtlety of French colour and panache required to bring this work to life.  Or perhaps your passion is Beethoven?  There can surely be no greater sonata than 'The Kreutzer' and this was a performance to be reckoned with: brimming with vitality, energy, flair, charisma, sublime lyricism and crisp articulation.  All this preceded by a delicate rendition of Schubert's D major Sonatina which set the tone (quite literally) for the magic that followed.  MCCS prides itself on inviting 'world class' musicians to perform within our community and this was just about as good an example as you get.  Wonderful stuff indeed.

Philip Dukes
Artistic Director

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