Review

Martin Roscoe

(Piano)

Martin Roscoe simply never disappoints with his virtuosity, musicality and well-conceived programming.

The concert opened with the curious Fantasy in D minor by Mozart.  The dulcet tones required in this mysterious work were immediately captured.  Two well-loved impromptus by Schubert followed.  The long lyrical phrases of no 3 in Gb major, D 899 soared over the simmering accompaniment, contrasting beautifully with the sparkle and fizz of no 4 in Ab major. 

Beethoven’s Appassionata Sonata is a mammoth work, requiring power, lyricism, and immense concentration to span the whole of the work, as well as a deeply intelligent approach.  Martin did not disappoint with admirable intensity and volcanic eruptions in the first movement, beautiful lyricism in the second and a never failing energy and power in the third movement, that carried us to the very end of the final coda. 

After the interval, we were charmed by the delicate and sometimes mischievous moments found in Debussy’s Children’s Corner. There is no doubt that Roscoe genuinely loves relating stories through his playing and gives every phrase colour and character. 

Three contrasting works by Chopin brought the concert to a close.  Opening with the swaying rhythm of the Barcarolle op 60, continuing with the most dramatic of Chopin’s noctures – op 48, no1 in C minor, and closing with the fiery and physical challenging Polonaise in A flat, op 53.  After such a demanding and exciting programme, he looked as fresh as a daisy – a real testament to his extraordinary talent.

Clare Toomer
Head of Keyboard