A wonderful concert from Aussie Piers

Piers Lane
Piers Lane

REVIEW: Alnwick Music Society presents Piers Lane, Alnwick, Castle Thursday, November 20.

Australian pianist Piers Lane is one of the senior group of instrumentalists based in Britain.

He is in great demand as both soloist and as a partnering artist with ensembles such as string quartets.

His current collaboration with actress Patricia Routledge on a theatre piece devised by composer Nigel Hess, exploring Dame Myra Hess’s role throughout the Second World War and entitled Admission: One Shilling, has been touring the UK to enthusiastic reviews.

His recital for the Alnwick Music Society on Thursday, November 20, in Alnwick Castle Guest Hall featured Rachmaninov and Schubert.

Rachmaninov’s opus 23 Preludes sounded magnificent and very Russian, and Schubert’s A major Piano Sonata (D.959) full of delectable melodies and in its ‘heavenly length’.

Those who know or have heard of Piers Lane’s work over the last 20 years will appreciate that his superb musicianship and poetic gift was fully in evidence. A wonderful concert, once again.

by Martin Gilham