Saturday 23rd February

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Jean Muller @ Cadogan Hall + New CD

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From the start this was everything you’d expect from a Liszt recital. Simply staggering. Jean Muller imbued it all with his very special brand of magic. Needless to say, it was an immense privilege to watch and hear him perform the incredulously virtuosic Transcendental Études. The only pity this miracle does not seem exposed to a wider and more diverse audience.

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Category: Music
Villiers Quartet
Tamaki Higashi, James Dickenson, Nick Stringfellow, Carmen Flores

Villiers Quartet: New Works Competition

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As always, a treat to take in the gorgeous canal views from an outside sofa during a balmy Sunday at the wonderful King’s Place. The double whammy being the equal treat for chamber music enthusiasts of the Villiers Quartet New Works Competition. This only comes around once every couple of years and is not to be missed.

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Category: Music
Cyprien Katsaris
Photo credit: Carole Bellaïche

Katsaris @ Wigmore Hall + New CD

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Cyprien Katsaris has a twinkle in his eye, and his improvisation revealed a delightful sense of fun, matched by sheer showmanship. Trailing his hand alongside the boat for Offenbach’s Barcarolle, he unexpectedly coursed to Rodrigo; keys thrummed as if the neck of a guitar. Was that a touch of Plaisir d’Amour as he whisked us around the world? Stopping-off to chime the bells of St Clement’s. Khachaturian, fancified and scrumptious; Tchaikovsky, summoning visions of ballerinas. Then, clouds across the sky, dark and dramatic. A glissando, and a single note to end.

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Category: Culture
Tom Gamble
Tom Gamble

Playerist Comedy Night 2 // Poetry Café // Review

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A school night if not for half term, those in the know braved the dullest weather to arrive at a sparkling evening of comedy by Playerist Performance Collective at the Poetry Café.

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Category: Art
Matthew Trusler
Matthew Trusler

1901 Arts Club: Matthew Trusler & Gordon Back

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1901 Arts Club // Waterloo

It’s worth getting to 1901 Arts Club early. I arrived about ten minutes after doors open, and the charming and elegant upstairs bar was buzzing. The first in a series of Hattori Foundation Birthday Recitals was pretty much sold out – so book your tickets soon. Erich Gruenberg, chairman of the trust that supports young and gifted musicians, commenced proceedings with an entertaining and enlightening introduction. His pleasure in sharing two of the world’s “favourite sonatas” was infectious.

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Category: Clubs
Steinberg Duo
Steinberg Duo: Louisa Stonehill and Nicholas Burns.

Steinberg Duo: CD + London dates

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Having heard the Steinberg Duo perform at the gorgeous 1901 Arts Club and admired Louisa Stonehill’s freely confident violining I wondered how it would translate to CD. It translates exceedingly well. Their current album is a stylish selection of British music featuring contemporary composer Philip Sawyers’ two violin sonatas, separated by forty years, alongside Elgar’s sonata written some fifty years previous. All timeless, all blending perfectly.

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Category: Culture
Alessandro

Alessandro Martire: Italian Cultural Institute – December 2

Alessandro Martire is an Italian pianist and composer born in Como, 1992. He has been fascinated by music and keyboard instruments since childhood. Alessandro commenced music studies at the Centro Musicale, and has since studied at Music Academy Genoa. In 2012, he gained a placement in Music Composition at Berklee College in Boston.

Alessandro draws upon Minimalist influences such as Ludovico Einaudi and the ‘Classical Crossover’ works of David Lanz. He realigns the Classical tradition through a contemporary lens producing evocative harmonies and catchy melodies. Alessandro’s approach, though larger-than-life, is accessible and open to interpretation. Signor Martire recognises a vital communication with the listener; sharing his feelings, thoughts and dreams as if an old friend. His is an Impressionistic and contemplative style whether a solo artist or in ensemble.

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Category: Culture