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Three young performers swept the board. Matthews's Three Roman Miniatures
(Virgil, the Emperor Hadrian and the tale of a swiftly devoured Actaeon)
were premiered, alongside Thomas Hyde's recent piece The Saint and the
Dove, by two buoyant 21-year-olds, clarinettist Catriona Scott and pianist
Catherine Milledge -- a duo beyond praise.
Scott, already a match for Emma Johnson, has all one could want of a
great soloist on the way : intelligence; spirit; charisma; precision; unshowiness;
an abacus of different tones, which she can tweak in mid-note to furnish
unexpected shadings; a gorgeous low register; and a wonderful afterglow.
If two of Schumann's wistful Fantasiestücke felt just adrift
of the optimum pacings, everything else Scott and Milledge played -- notably
Malcolm Arnold's brilliantly quizzical, Benny Goodman-spirit Sonatina and
four exquisite Dialogues by Antonín Tucapský, each
beautifully conceived for the instrument -- was heaven. A knockout performer.
21-year-old Ben Hancox, a Junior Guildhall prizewinner, accompanied on
a mellow Bösendorfer by Bulgarian Lora Dimitrova, featured Montana
Taylor's Blues, David Matthews's tribute to the l930s jazz blues pianist,
an offshoot of his Oboe Concerto.
Copyright © 6 December 2001
Roderic Dunnett, Coventry, UK
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