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Monday, September 26, 2011

Daniel Hope and Sebastian Knauer

Well a few cultural treats this week :D

Today I was meeting up with Trish at the Wigmore Hall.

Before the concert we had a lunch in the Wigmore' restaurant.Salmon with beetroot to start and fish cakes on a bed of spinach with 3 way cooked chips. Very nice.

The concert featured Daniel Hope on violin and Sebastian Knauer on piano with a programme exploring the milieu of violinist and composer Joseph Joachim and his friends and colleagues.

The programme was:

Grieg
Violin Sonata No. 3 in C minor Op. 45

Joachim
Hebrew Melody Op. 9 No. 1 (arr. violin and piano)

Brahms
Violin Sonata No. 2 in A Op. 100

Brahms/Joachim
Hungarian Dance No. 5 in G minor

the encore was a the first movement of a Bach Violin and Piano (Clavier) Sonata

The two Sonata's were very good and the Hungarian Dance was a nice concert finishing piece  but the Hebrew Melody felt like a bit of a filler.

I enjoyed the Bach but it felt "modern", I'm using modern in a 19th century sense :D

The concert was good, very good and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Trish thought it was the best we had been to this year but I have to disagree. It was consistently good but it lacked a piece that made my jaw drop.

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