"the gross and scope of my opinion ..." Hamlet I,1.
Thursday, August 20, 2015
A SONDHEIM CABARET
Chamber Music at the Cadogan Hall
in Sloane Square, Monday lunchtime is not the ideal slot for
sophisticated cabaret, but if anyone could bring it off it would be
Richard Sisson, pianist,
composer and for many years the Widow.
was the curator and host of this delightful
Sondheim on his 85th
birthday, and brought a wonderfully diverse team of talents to the
Cadogan Hall stage.
Jamie Parker, in his second Proms appearance this season, trying to
stay calm as he tinkles Sisson's ivories, and seducing Kitty Whately
Into The Woods. They're together again on the intimate chaise longue
in Barcelona, and for Too Many Mornings. Even a little ironic
hoofing in Rain on the Roof, also from Follies.
Brown played two contrasting sax solos – By the Sea and
Send in the Clowns from
A Little Night Music. Sian Phillips, a memorable Madame Armfeldt
twenty years ago, revived those sepia memories in a moving evocation.
the whole company joined in Sunday [in the Park with George], there
was a lovely encore: Goodbye for Now from the movie Reds.
those of us in the hall heard Richard Sisson and presenter Petroc
Trelawny giving us some scraps from the Instructions to the Audience
from Frogs, which also featured in the Sondheim Prom of 2010 …