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Cathedral Bach By Candlelight (Peter Hill – Piano)

By | Published on Friday 17 August 2018

The programme calls Peter Hill “one of the finest pianists of his generation” and tonight’s performance confirmed that. It excites me that there is an unbroken line of great teachers growing like a family tree in music, for among Hill’s tutors was the highly influential Nadia Boulanger. It was wonderful to listen to his sensitive interpretation of JS Bach’s ‘The Goldberg Variations’ as the night darkened, and the piano rippled like a stream or cascaded waterfall-like through the stones of the cathedral. During the quiet passages and pauses there was a profound silence of rapt attention for this wonderful music, originally composed to hold the attention of a sleepless Eighteenth Century aristocrat. This was a touching and significant evening.

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tw rating 5/5 | [Louise Rodgers]