Gina McCormack at Alnwick Music Society.
Another great recital in The Playhouse with works by Mendelssohn, Richard Strauss, Prokofiev, and two Poles, Weinberg and Szymanowsk.
The Alnwick Music Society concert featured a violinist of outstanding calibre who, over the years, has appeared many times for the society, usually as leader of either the Sorrel or the Maggini Quartets.
Her concert partner was Nigel Clayton, whose sure and inspiring piano playing completed a perfect duo.
In the Strauss Violin Sonata, the richly lyrical and almost orchestral style contrasted well with the quicksilver virtuosity of the Mendelssohn in the second half while in the first, Prokofiev’s songlike Five Melodies followed the attractive Violin Sonatina of Weinberg, whose reputation is burgeoning after years of being overshadowed by other late 20th Century Russian composers.
Once again a wonderful evening with a well-filled house to enjoy it.