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  1. Christine Moon
    23rd November 2020 @ 1:21 pm

    While live performance is outlawed, livestream of this quality will be a superb substitute. To have the majestic playing of Joanna MacGregor and the brilliance of the Gildas Quartet in my sitting room was such a treat.

    The Shostakovich will live long in the memory as a spectacular piece where the balance of the instruments was just spot on – so often not the case when a powerful pianist with a Steinway takes to the stage with a string ensemble.

    The sound engineers came up trumps as did those on camera. It was a privilege to be allowed up close to the performers . When, from an auditorium, does one see a pianist’s hands at such close quarters or those of the viola player when this beautiful instrument is given prominence ? Yesterday, we had just this.

    This was a splendid Sunday morning coffee concert – generously sponsored by Margaret and Andrew Polmear. Let there be more Sundays like this – until we can return to live music.


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