Review: Emily Sun at King’s Lynn Town Hall

Australian violinist Emily Sun. Picture: Courtesy of Emily Sun

Australian violinist Emily Sun. Picture: Courtesy of Emily Sun - Credit: Archant

What could be pleasanter than to spend an overcast July morning listening to superlative violin music?

Emily Sun, a renowned young Australian violinist, attacked Bach's Chaconne from Partita No. 2 in B minor with gusto, wowing the audience with this exuberant showcase for 18th century violin technique.

This was followed by young composer Alex Kennett's Jig, a short, but beautifully modulated, new work providing a lovely contrast to the more serious Chaconne.

Jennifer Hughes joined Sun for Elgar's sublime Sonata for Violin and Piano in E Minor. This was an absolute treat, full of transcendent, soaring notes which, although written in 1918, seemed to evoke a pre-war English idyll.

The recital ended with Frolov's Concert Fantasia on themes from Gershwin's Porgy and Bess – an excellent and entertaining choice which left the audience astounded by this young soloist's technical and emotional range.

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