Immediate sketches by Ed Hargrave
Ed Hargrave's method defies logic: he sketches with his eyes
on the object and not the sketchpad. Results are varied in impact, yet most
of them are vivid enough to hold attention. His interest is entirely in
capturing musicians playing, a snapshot of intense concentration.
As a string player himself with a love of chamber music, there are no
less than 16 Quartets in focus, widely diverse in style and mood. The remainder
is a powerful group of soloists and conductors. Hargrave's sketch of John
Ogdon I have seen before. It still attracts my admiration for the grip on
Ogdon's musical personality. This makes a fascinating companion collection
to Hargrave's previous Lightning Conductors.
(Cappella Archive, Foley
Terrace, Great Malvern, WR14 4RQ, England.)
Basil Ramsey, 3 January 1999