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Monday, November 14, 2011

Hungarian Rhapsodies in Gort

Péter Sebestyén
J.S. Bach Prelude:  G Major Cello Suite
Saint Saens:  The Swan from  Carnival of Animals
Saint Saens: Allegro Appasionato op.43
Adam Scheck: Romance for Cello and Piano
D. Popper: Hungarian Rhapsody op. 68
Liszt: Mephisto Waltz no 1    piano solo
Tchaikowsky: Rococo Variations op.33

Péter Sebestyén : Cello
David Szabó : Piano
Guest :Adam Scheck Piano

 Péter Sebestyén presented an evening of cello music  in the Lady Gregory Hotel, Gort, Co Galway last night. Having dawdled  too long among the Ennis Trad Festival revellers, I arrived too late for the first two items, perhap the the most familiar of the cello repertoire but it was good to see these numbers included particularly as there were many young cello students in the audience. 

Taking a bow
 Peter, born into a family steeped in Hungarian folk music  played with a most satisfying   vigour and passion and  with such a range of colour in the dynamics, totally in control of the technical aspects of a demanding virtuoso programme.
He was sympathetically accompanied by David Szabó on piano .  Adam Scheck who served as page turner  took a turn at the keyboard himself to accompany his own Elegy for Cello, a charming piece in  rhapsodic  idiom.

The L shaped function room in the Lady Gregory Hotel was packed to capacity of a hundred or so and  made a very suitable performing space for chamber music.  I was delighted to meet some former cello students now studying with Peter who is a member of the faculty of the progressive Coole Music School, Gort now in it's sixth year.  These three young musicians are no doubt among the first rank of young Hungarian musicians. What a valuable  contribution they make to the musical circles in the Shannon region.  Bravo! also Katarina  Baker, director  of Coole Music for presenting artists of such calibre in this very convivial venue!

My report on 5th birthday celebrations of Coole Music at Lady Gregory Hotel Gort here

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