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Christina McMaster plays Debussy, McKenzie,
Crawford Seeger, Ives and Beethoven,
and impresses MIKE WHEELER

 

Former pupil of Joanna McGregor, pianist Christina McMaster has clearly absorbed a knack for intelligent programme planning, along with everything else. How often do we get to hear a complete performance of one or other of Debussy's books of Preludes, let alone one topped off with contrasting slices of Americana and an early mid-period Beethoven sonata? A programme that might, on paper, have seemed too eclectic for its own good turned out to have a remarkably coherent shape all its own (Derby Chamber Music, Multi-Faith Centre, Derby University, 20 February 2015).

One thing in particular that emerged from McMaster's way with Book One of Debussy's Preludes was a command of the music's colours resulting from careful voicing of its sonorities...

Copyright © 2 March 2015 Mike Wheeler,
Derby UK

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CLAUDE DEBUSSY

CHARLES IVES

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN

DERBY CHAMBER MUSIC

MULTI-FAITH CENTRE

DERBY UNIVERSITY

DERBY

UNITED KINGDOM

PIANO MUSIC

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