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Prévert: Piano And Poetry (Alexandre Prévert)

By | Published on Sunday 20 August 2017

This varied musical programme travelled though the music of two centuries (including Liszt and Gershwin) and – unusually – was interspersed with appropriate poetry readings from various authors read out by the musician. An exceptional pianist, Prévert began deftly and delicately to interpret Mozart, later transforming into a bombastic ‘Firebird’ for Stravinsky. The highpoint, for me, was his beautiful performance of Ravel’s ‘Odine’, preceded by the reading that inspired the composer. The readings were interesting and gave another insight into Prévert – I particularly enjoyed the Puckish humour of his final reading, as he put on a hat and coat, claiming that the concert had not been successful. His wonderful playing, and the clapping and stamping that followed, cast doubt on that particular claim!

Palmerston Place Church, until 18 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Louise Rodgers]