Jeremy Carnall and James Duddle, Aylsham

MICHAEL DRAKE A Nocturne by Tchaikovsky provided a period of quietude as this duo delighted in its lyricism.

MICHAEL DRAKE

A Nocturne by Tchaikovsky provided a period of quietude as Jeremy Carnall (cello) and James Duddle (piano) delighted in their lyricism as part of the Aylsham Concert Series at the Town Hall.

While later works by Hans Werner Henze extended to far more left-wing and political music, there was a surprising amount of the lyrical, too, in his Serenade Solo Cello. And after the soloist's virtual audience workshop it was shown to be a series of life cameos challenging the artist's virtuosic powers, and which the composer considered experimental in finding his musical character.

I suspect Jeremy Carnall also has this objective after displaying a great affinity to the nine short sections.

Frank Bridge's Scherzetto allowed more sustained tunefulness, and whilst Beethoven's Sonata for Piano and Cello in C major opened in inordinate gentility, passion appeared in the finale from two fine young musicians.

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