Musician played with power and vigour

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Alnwick Music Society Concert featuring Alexandra Dariescu at Alnwick Playhouse.

There was a time when women who were pianists were not hired to perform some of the bigger, more powerful works in the piano repertoire.

Not so now, as Alexandra Dariescu demonstrated at the recent Alnwick Music Society concert.

Looking stunning in a scarlet dress, she played with power, vigour, great expression and, when needed, gently and persuasively.

The early Beethoven sonata (op.10/2) was given clarity, joy and humour. She took us also into the fascinating world of late Faure with his Nine Preludes (op.103), and concluded her programme with the piano version of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite.

“It’s only 114 days to Christmas” she said disarmingly. Another splendid concert, with more exciting recitals to come.

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