Lunchtime Concert at the United Reform Church Maldon
Little more than 30 years separate Beethoven's Waldstein from Chopin's Winter Winds.
But as Tim Carey ably demonstrated, they are worlds apart musically.
He began his recital with the Beethoven: an eloquent, almost affectionate account of this monumental Sonata.
Chopin's anniversary year provided the excuse, as if one were needed, to play three of his best-known works, representing three markedly different styles.
After the A minor Etude, we heard the C# minor Polonaise, and to end, the first Balade, considered by Schumann to be the Pole's most “spirited and daring” music.
I know Tim Carey's work well, of course, but this was my first time in Maldon's URC, with its civilized architecture and its Boston grand.
And its CCTV, showing us the keyboard in close-up, a great asset to our appreciation of this superb recital.
Tim reminded us that next month he'll be bringing his Chelmsford Sinfonietta mini-Festival to the Cathedral. Flute and piano on the opening night, May 6, then Grace Francis at the piano on the Friday, with the orchestra playing Wagner, Reinecke and Beethoven on the Saturday to round it off.
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