Flute and Piano Reviews

"Earlier in the evening, in the Purcell Room, Richard Rodney Bennett and Susan Bradshaw gave a programme of piano duos, interspersed with flute music from Judith Hall.
..Miss Hall chose three works from the oldest contemporary and played them with beautiful phrasing and an almost uncanny knack with colour. Best of all was her generation and sustaining of the exasperated lyricism of Frank Martin's Ballade, though her rescuings of Rivier and Ibert were also impressive." The Times

"Her phrasing and rhythmic definition brought the work (Hindemith's Sonata) to brilliant life, and her capacity to make powerful statements with a normally retiring instrument was astonishing. Nor were grace and with at all lacking" The Times

"Virtues that it (Dutilleux's Sonatine) had obviously inherited from the exquisite Fantaisie of Fauré and shared with Poulenc's Sonata, Roussel's Joueurs de Flûte and the eloquent Ballade of Frank Martin were not only a a decorous craftsmanship, but a succinctness and formal economy that yet allowed for a considerable diversity of grace, brilliance and wit.
And the flautist's flawless pointing of each of these qualities showed her to be a complete master of every facet of the instrument, of its supple lyricism and silvery vituosity, its intimacy and potential for the more powerful gesture." The Daily Telegraph

"A truly sensitive partnership, Judith Hall and Jan Latham-Koenig revealed in their recital of music for flute and piano a deep understanding of 20th-century French music for which they have an undoubted flair, capturing the fluid sensuality and often rapturous nature common to the idiom of a wide number of composers though each so markedly individual in style.
Their greatest test was undoubtedly the final section of Messiaen's "Le Merle Noir". Fiendishly exacting with rhythmic complexity at breakneck speed, this beautifully sculpted piece altogether was given a brilliantly lucid performance, quite amazing after Honegger's exquisite essay "Romance," gentle and-poignant in its harmony, and playing which quite touched the soul." The Daily Telegraph


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