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Wendy Warner was already known to me for her splendid new recording of
Samuel Barber's Concerto on Naxos, and I'm sorry I didn't get to know her
better. Her warm tone and slightly introspective, merging qualties as a
player made her the ideal chamber artist in Dvorák's Trio in F minor,
Mozart's Oboe Quartet in F and the J S Bach Sonata BWV528.
Gauthier Capucon (a surprise replacement for Jean-Guihen Queyras who
hurt his shoulder) became my personal choice as outstanding player at last
year's Berlin Festival, confirmed later by a Wallace Collection recital
in London. At nineteen, his performance of the Rachmaninov Sonata with Thibaudet
could hardly be bettered, and at such short notice he perfectly measured
his golden tones with colleagues in Mendelssohn's D minor Trio, Dvorák's
Quintet Op 81, Barber's Dover Beach and the Chausson Quartet Op 30.
The other cellist, Yeesun Kim, I visualized as the ideal partner for
violist Hsin-Yun Huang, a Japanese-Korean combination that continued to
discover every shade of charismatic colourings so much part of each work
in which they took part.
Scott Nickrenz, of course, was so immensely busy supervising rehearsals,
judging the precise positioning of players on the platform from the back
of the hall, planning and adjusting events and keeping all artists content
and comfortable that I wondered if I would hear him play at all. He certainly
featured in the Fauré song cycle!
Copyright © 18 December 2001
Bill Newman, Edgware, UK
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