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French Piano Music From 1880s To 1920s (Duo Milhard)

By | Published on Wednesday 31 August 2011

The perfect way to begin a charming Wednesday evening. Gillian Gibson and Sonia Soprano tickle our fancy with a stunning range of duets; from the relaxing ‘Le carnaval des animaux’ by Saint-Saëns to work from the eccentric Debussy, these ornamental pieces take us on a stroll down the Champs-Élysées. After being enlightened by a plot summary of Milhard’s Brazilian-influenced ‘Le boeuf sur le toit’, it was entertaining to try and spot where the policeman gets decapitated and his head stuck back on in this exciting, surrealist piece. A well-balanced programme, it was sufficiently varied to remain interesting whilst maintaining a cohesive collection of French masterpieces. Gibson and Soprano are exceptionally talented pianists: another triumph at St Mark’s.

St Mark’s artSpace, 24 Aug, 5.30pm (6.30pm), £7.00 – £12.00, fpp205.
tw rating 4/5