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.

Thursday, 6th June 2019, 12:44 pm
Harpist Richard Allen.

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.”