Cellist Pavlos Carvalho and pianist Andrew Quartermain from the Sussex Based Ensemble Reza treated lunchtime audiences at the Haywards Heath Methodist Church to a highly energized concert last Friday that kept even the youngest audience member (aged 3) utterly spell bound.
The demanding programme included the epic Rachmaninov Cello Sonata, which the composer referred to as a sonata for piano with cello because of virtuoso concerto like piano part.
This was written at the same time as the famous Piano Concerto No 2 and is equally beautiful with countless lyrical melodies, which both Pavlos and Andrew played with skill and intense passion.
The concert finished with Popper’s energetic Hungarian Rhapsody, inspired by Hungarian style folk music and quotes from one of Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsodies for piano. Both cellist and pianist appeared relaxed and performed the virtuoso passages sensitively and effortlessly, having clearly enjoyed playing together many times before.
A surprise rendition of Happy Birthday appeared just before the final passages, for a close friend who was celebrating her 70th birthday.
This rounded off a truly special concert of beautiful music, outstanding playing, fun and laughter, all of which are becoming so distinctive of an Ensemble Reza concert.
For more information about the group, log on to www.ensemblereza.com.
by Hannah Carter