Harpist brings musical season to a close
Alnwick Music Society brought its season to a conclusion with a magical lunchtime recital at St Paul’s Church.
Talented young concert harpist Richard Allen was the star of the show.
Choosing works by a diverse range of composers, Richard demonstrated the wide range of musical effects and emotions achievable by his instrument.
Spohr’s Fantasie showed influences of his more famous contemporary Beethoven with a combination of drama and melody while the harp arrangement of Balakirev’s piano piece, The Lark, took on a beautifully intimate and delicate character.
Hindemith’s Harp Sonata ran through a range of emotions from dark and dramatic, through boisterous and humorous to nebulous and otherworldly.
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Works by Liszt, Debussy and Faure all charmed but perhaps the most intriguing composition of the recital was by a little-known female composer, Henriette Renié.
Richard’s virtuoso performance of her dramatic Pièce Symphonique at times conjured the sounds of an orchestra with violent passages contrasting with bell-like effects and achingly beautiful melody.
A Music Society spokesperson said: “This was a memorable recital enjoyed by an audience that deserved to be larger.”