Melvyn Tan, Beccles

MICHAEL DRAKE Internationally renowned pianist Melvyn Tan received a floor-stamping reception on Saturday evening at St Michael's Church after a wide-ranging display of keyboard artistry.

MICHAEL DRAKE

Internationally renowned pianist Melvyn Tan received a floor-stamping reception on Saturday evening at St Michael's Church after a wide-ranging display of keyboard artistry.

The latest in the Wingfield Arts series opened with a piece “made for the English” according to the original manuscript. That as may be, and although performed with feeling, I prefer Bach's Suite No 2 on harpsichord for which it was written.

Schubert was a model for both Schumann and Ravel, and in the former's Papillons, the 12 short movements needed instant mood changes and Melvyn Tan showed great versatility in providing them with a mixture of majestic bass octaves to gentility; the frenetic to delicacy with a finale a combination of virtuosity and humour.

But whereas the impact here was immediate, Ravel's Valses Nobles et Sentimentales provided a colourwash with the soloist flitting over the keyboard to the final waltz, giving a great energy and strength.

How different again was Alban Berg's Piano Sonata Opus 1. This was oils compared with watercolour until the most delicately played codetta and when it was, in fact, Schubert's turn in his Sonata in A, Melvyn Tan always kept this moving forward as the music continually left the listener wondering what was to come next. What appeared was an exquisitely performed coda to the opening movement, a brooding Andantino and playful Scherzo, all leading to a free-wheeling finale of constant invention. All very deserving of the short, transparent, Poulenc encore.

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