Music and Reviews from Clare, Limerick, Waterford and sometimes further afield

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Romantic Cello Classics at Christchurch

Annette Cleary plays 3rd movement Rachmaninoff Cello Sonata

What a splendid instrument, the cello is.  No shrill screeching from high E strings and perfect for the lush Romantic repertoire. Taking a line from Beethoven's love letters, Annette Cleary together with pianist Rachel Quinn, delivered a virtuoso programme titled 'Ever Thine, Ever Mine, Ever ours' at Christchurch tonight.  The playing was vigorous committed, the sonority rich and expressive. no more so than in the lyrical movement of a Rachmaninoff sonata.

The Waterford venue in the heart of the Viking Triangle was not far from where I first met Annette.  She and her sister Nicola were a star turn at the annual students concert in the Waterford Municipal Theatre.

Three small pieces, Webern
Cello Sonata No3 in A 0pus 69 Beethoven
Irish Airs 
Chopin Waltzes 
Rachmaninoff Cello Sonata G mi op 19
The Swan Saint Saens 

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