Mei Yi Foo at Steinway Hall, reviewed by BILL NEWMAN
It is very strange how all the outstanding events in Musical London
come during the same period! Perhaps it was due to the approach of the
Mei Yi Foo, who hails from Seremban in Malaysia, is no stranger to
the London scene -- St John's Smith Square, St Martin-in-the-Fields,
St James' Piccadilly, Fairfield Halls -- while her début recital
took place at the Wigmore Hall in 1998, followed three years later by
her appearance in the Wallace Collection International Recital Series.
Hong Kong, the Americas and Finland also know her playing well, but perhaps
the collector's autograph item was her invitation to perform Schubert's
Trout Quintet in front of HRH The Prince of Wales at Highgrove.
Yonty Solomon, her teacher (the others are Laszlo Simon, Cristina
Ortiz and Christopher Elton, in a full scholarship at the Royal Academy
of Music) was at Steinway Hall on 26 November 2004 for her latest
appearance. I had a fine reflection of him looking at the shiny end
elevation woodwork of the Concert Grand she played on, just right of
the high treble range.
Bach's French Suite No 2, its six contrasting dance movements testing
fineness of touch and clarity of turns and trills that suppport the
legato singing lines, boldness of contrasting motifs, and above
all, fluid mastery of rhythms and textural style, evinced total attention
to and mastery of subject matter.
Copyright © 10 January 2004
Bill Newman, Edgware UK