"the gross and scope of my opinion ..." Hamlet I,1.
Monday, April 20, 2015
Arts Ensemble at the National Gallery
Water Lilies, in this case from 1916, almost fills the far wall.
There's no horizon, no shoreline. Our view is somewhat obscured by a
grand piano, but our appreciation is greatly enhanced by this
imaginative chamber recital by two members of the Florentine Arts
last work, late Debussy the Sonata in G minor, seems particularly
apposite in these surroundings, but there were less obvious pleasures
in the hour-long programme, introduced by Jo Rhymer from the National
Gallery. One of Szymanowsky's Myths 
depicting a dreamlike, watery world with veiled tonalities and
sunlight. Or the late Romantic Catoire's Poeme, packed with lush
harmonies and long sweeping melodies. And earlier Debussy for piano
solo, Reflets dans l'eau, an enchanting attempt to depict the fall of
light in musical terms.
interpreted by Liv-Marie Kodurand on violin and Jan Rautio at the
piano. Salon music uniquely enjoyable in this setting, which although
apposite and atmospheric is by no means ideal acoustically, the
policy seemingly opposed to closing the doors leading to busy
galleries on either side.
This event was part of the programme inspired by Inventing Impressionism, a fascinating exhibition about the collector and dealer Paul Durand-Ruel.