GREAT THINGS TO COME
MALCOLM TROUP listens to a recital
by the all-conquering but still largely unsung
Venetian pianist Gloria Campaner
August is usually written off as a slack month so imagine all the more our surprise to have one of the most all-conquering but still largely unsung women-pianists -- Gloria Campaner by name ('campana' means bell in Spanish and she is out to set all the bells a-ringing!) -- cross our path in a BPSE lunchtime recital (Friday 5 August 2011) at London's St Martin-in-the-Fields before a capacity audience. The piano, perhaps sensing the arrival of a world-beating gladiatrix, sought to escape her clutches more than once -- taking to its heels on two occasions before being brought under control with the nervous brakes on its wheels properly tightened. But, once with Gloria firmly astride, there was no bucking bronco left in this unruly Steinway, only total submission to the will of its experienced dominatrix.
During the preceding horseplay, however, we had ample opportunity to observe the resilience and resourcefulness of a vibrant personality capable of combining the wiles and coquetry of a woman with the iron resolve and self-possession of the male...
Copyright © 24 August 2011 Malcolm Troup,