Emotional showcase captured sensitivity

Alnwick Music Society’s last concert of the season at Alnwick Playhouse was an all Schubert evening, played by its president Martin Roscoe, one of the UK’s best loved pianists.

The evening opened with two youthful scherzos, providing a light-hearted aperitif before the more demanding fare of two late piano sonatas.

The Sonata in G major, op.78, is one of Schubert’s less heard works, but it is one of Martin’s favourites.

His love for this work was evident in his sensitive playing, which captured its lyric poetry.

Schubert’s Sonata in B flat major, D960 is considered to be one of his greatest works.

Written in the months leading up to his death, there is nothing to suggest that his musical powers were waning.

This is all-encompassing music, with moments of both dramatic turbulence and ethereal tranquillity, albeit with an underlying element of profound sadness.

Martin’s fine performance expressed the entire spectrum of these emotions.

To bring his audience down to earth again, Martin concluded with Schubert’s wonderful Impromptu in G flat.

He will be performing this same programme at the Wigmore Hall later this year in celebration of his 65th birthday – the audience is in for a treat.