Jennifer Partridge, Mundesley

Jennifer Partridge is no stranger to the Mundesley Festival and has appeared on several occasions in her capacity as an accompanist.

By KEITH CUTLER

On Thursday evening, pianist Jennifer Partridge gave a recital, introducing the items herself. She is no stranger to the Mundesley Festival and has appeared on several occasions in her capacity as an accompanist, for which she is known universally, especially to her brother, the tenor Ian Partridge.

Apart from the opener Sonata Opus 31, Number Two by Beethoven, she played over a dozen pianistic lollipops, including Elgar's Salut d'Amour Beethoven's Für Elise and Andaluza by Granados — most of them composed during the 19th century. From the 20th century she chose Prelude Number Two and the popular Rhapsody in Blue by Gershwin and concluded with the Warsaw Concerto by Richard Addinsell.

The programme revealed her as a concert pianist in her own right, performing with charm and finesse; but excelling particularly in works by French composers, expressing the delicacies of Debussy's Arabescues and Clair de Lune, the humour of Ibert's The Little White Donkey and the Grace of Cecilé Chaminade's Harlequine.

She assumed her role as an accompanist to guest artists, the local soprano Jo Oxborough, who has led audiences at Last Night of the Proms concerts, with which the festival traditional ends. She sang the lullaby Summertime from Gershwin's Porgy and Bess, the enticing Habanera from Bizet's Carmen and as an encore, Send In the Clowns from Stephen Sondheim's A Little Night Music.

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