Review: Rosanna Ter-Berg and Leo Nicholson at Leighton’s Library Theatre on the 2nd of November 2013

What lifts the spirit more than a bird singing its tiny heart out? The flute engages us like birdsong. Rosanna Ter-Berg, a riveting young flautist, brought to Leighton Buzzard a programme comprising some of the most luscious and best-loved works for the flute, with a little solo piano from her talented accompanist as well.

The theme was mainly French, from around 1850 into the twentieth century. She began with Fantaisie by Hüe (pronounced ‘Who’) , followed by Poulenc’s substantial Sonata for flute and piano, a wonderful mature work of 1956. If you have heard no other piece of flute music you have heard this, and it would take a real Scrooge not to love it.  Next Leo Nicholson let rip with one of Liszt’s fiery re-imaginings of other composers’ music, in this case the Soirées de Vienne, based on Schubertian waltzes. Finally we were introduced to a tiny quirky piece called Sprite by Nunn (a British composer now in his forties), played solo on the piccolo and employing  sounds I’ve never heard conjured from a woodwind before.

The second half began with a short piece by Saint-Saëns, Romance Op 37, his unmistakeable languorous riffs in the piano part allowing the flute to float. The major work of this half was Prokofiev’s Sonata for flute and piano, hailed as a masterpiece immediately when premiered in 1943, despite its surprisingly bucolic sentiment in a time of war. Finally, Suite de Trois Morceaux, by Godard, was a dazzling showpiece: achingly beautiful, technically demanding, becoming a little dirty and jazzy, and finishing with a breathless flourish. We enjoyed a little encore: part of Jeux by Ibert. The piano rippled beneath plaintive calls from the flute, calming the soul for the journey home.

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Published by Judi Moore

Hi there, I hope you find something to interest you here. In December 2017 I published my fourth book – ‘Wonders will never cease’. It’s a satirical campus novel set in the fictional Ariel University in 1985. If you enjoyed Tom Sharpe’s Porterhouse novels, Willy Russell’s ‘Educating Rita’, David Lodge’s campus novels or Malcolm Bradbury’s ‘The History Man’ back in the day, you may enjoy revisiting the ivory towers of 1980s’ academe thirty years on. See what you think. “It is December, 1985. The year is winding gently towards its close until Fergus Girvan, a Classicist at Ariel University, finds his research has been stolen by the man who is also seeking to steal his daughter. But which man is, actually, the more unscrupulous of the two? And is there hope for either of them?” In the autumn of 2015 I published a volume of short fiction: 'Ice Cold Passion and other stories'. I am also the author of novella 'Little Mouse', a shortish piece of historical fiction which I published in 2014 and, a sequel to it, 'Is death really necessary?', my eco thriller set in the near future and which, confusingly, I published in 2009. All the books are available from all good online bookshops and FeedARead on paper, and as e-books on Kindle. On a semi-regular basis, and about a month after the event, I post here reviews which I do for Big Al & Pals, the premier reviewer of indie books, based in the States. My interests tend to thrillers, SF, magic realism and other quirky stuff. On this blog are also posted the reviews I did for Leighton Buzzard Music Club over some five years up to the end of 2015. LBMC present annual seasons of eight monthly chamber music concerts at the Library Theatre in Leighton Buzzard, Bucks. They select young musicians just beginning to make their name - and the concerts are usually magnificent. I was very proud to be associated with them. I review other music, books, theatre and exhibitions which I've particularly enjoyed. BTW - it says the link to Facebook is broken. I dispute that. Click it and see, why not?

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