Sense of Purpose
Beate Toyka and Thomas Solzbacher
heard by MIKE WHEELER
Derby's first event marking the Chopin bicentenary was a joint recital by local resident Beate Toyka and Thomas Solzbacher, each playing two Ballades and one of the two groups of Etudes (The VoiceBox, Derby, UK, 6 March 2010).
Beate Toyka explored a wide expressive range in the First and Fourth Ballades, without allowing the lighter moments in No 1 to become too skittish. In the Op 10 Etudes there was a powerful sense of purpose in No 1, while her performance of No 3 impressed with its refusal to sentimentalise music that can sound maudlin...
Copyright © 12 March 2010