Review: Timothy Ridout and Robert Thompson at King’s Lynn Festival
- Credit: Kaupo Kikkas
This beautifully balanced concert began with Dvo?ák's Sonatina in G, written for the composer's ten-year-old violinist daughter and his 15-year-old pianist son.
Timothy Ridout's soaring viola playing, with sympathetic and assured playing from consummate pianist Robert Thompson, skillfully highlighted the playful folk elements in the first movement.
The piece has a wonderfully spacious New World feel, inspired by the composer's visit to the Minnehaha Falls. The haunting, wistful theme evoking Minnehaha echoes throughout, particularly in the second movement.
The premiere of an extremely interesting new work, Four Last Songs, by Cambridge student Jay Richardson, evoked Strauss's song cycle and influenced by minimalist composers such as Glass.
The talented duo brought Brahm's Viola Sonata in G Minor, originally for clarinet, vividly to life, and gave a wonderful rendition of Tchaikovsky's Valse Sentimentale as an encore.
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