May 11th, 2012
Tuesday evening saw my fifth solo recital at Wigmore, playing works I feel especially strongly about. Anyone who has recently spent even a few minutes in my company will know of my obsession with the music of Fauré; his 9 Préludes op 103, seldom played, were my chosen centrepiece in all of their subtle, modest perfection. By way of a foil, Schubert’s hyper-extrovert Wanderer Fantasy closed the concert. I’m delighted with the www.bachtrack.com and www.classicalsource.com reviews, as much for their sensitivity of listening as for any specific praise. Emotionally, almost as challenging as the build up to such an event is the void left afterwards, but this year I find myself immediately with Jacob Shaw and family in a rather Utopian setting for the Festival International de Musique de Chambre en Charente, where chamber music, wine and exquisite food offer much needed restoration!