Musical delights in Axminster

18:30 17 November 2012

Bernard d

Bernard d'Ascoli.

Archant

The Minster Church in Axminster was the venue for a piano recital by the eminent French pianist Bernard d’Ascoli on Saturday, November 3.

The acoustic of the Minster Church is just right for a piano recital having almost a salon ambience, allowing us to hear all of the subtleties of this blind musician’s playing.

The evening was devoted to four composers, Debussy, Ravel, Schubert and Chopin.

M’sieur d’Ascoli talked interestingly about his programme before playing, pointing out to us that the whole of the first part revolved around the subject of water.

We heard four Debussy Preludes, Brouillards, Ondine, la Cathedral Engloutie and Ce qu’a vue le vent d’ouest.

Next were two pieces from Gaspard de la Nuit by Ravel , Jeux d’ eau and Ondine. The first part of the evening was then brought to a conclusion with more Debussy in the form of Reflets dans l’eau, Poissons d’or and Jardins sous la pluie from Images, followed by the solo piece L’Isle Joyeuse.

After the interval came four Impromptus, Opus 90 by Schubert, followed by some Chopin in the form of the D Flat Nocturn opus 27 and the Scherzo No 3 in C Sharp Minor Opus 39.

The evening was marked by sensitive playing with a wonderful balance between left and right hands which brought out the inner voices of the music with great subtlety.

His playing displayed wonderful tonal refinement with judicious use of rubato.

The first half of the programme, with the Debussy and Ravel brought out a luminous tone quality in the playing.

The artiste, in his opening remarks, stated that ‘Schubert is always smiling, although he can have his darker moments’.

The ‘smiling’ nature of the Impromptus was clearly brought out and the concluding Chopin brought out the sheer poetry of this composer’s music.

The sizeable audience volubly expressed their enjoyment and appreciation at the end of a wonderful evening.

Trevor Bolshaw

0 comments

Other Entertainment Stories

Yesterday, 18:31
Debbie Scadding throwing at Exmouth Ceramic Group's workshop.

It’s official – clay is cool! With BBC Two’s Great Pottery Throwdown due to hit our screens this autumn, the ceramic arts are poised to enjoy a new surge in popularity.

Read more
Yesterday, 18:30
Mike Westbrook and Co

Honiton drummer Coach York will be playing at The Beehive, in Honiton, along with the wonderful Uncommon Orchestra, performing Mike Westbrook & Co’s The Bigger Show.

Read more
Yesterday, 18:30
Gavin Merivale and his children Beatrice, Alice, Henry and Samuel having fun on the duck stall at last year's event. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref mha 1281-33-14AW.

The main attraction at the Southleigh Fayre will be a display of falconry.

Read more
Yesterday, 18:00

The Devon Railway Centre, at Bickleigh, near Tiverton, will be having its annual steam gala, this weekend.

Read more
Yesterday, 14:11
Melinda Messenger is fronting a campaign to find the best landscaping job in Devon.

TV presenter Melinda Messenger is fronting a campaign to find the best landscaping job in Devon.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:00
Bideford Carnival 2014. Pic: Graham Hobbs.

Find out when and where you can catch carnivals in North Devon this summer.

Read more
Mon, 18:31
Ellie Taylor - who presents BBC Three's Snog, Marry, Avoid? - is the headline act at September's Comedy Club at the Pavilion.

Exmouth Comedy Club got off to a flying start at the Pavilion recently.

Read more
Mon, 18:30

Coldharbour Mill Working Wool Museum, at Uffculme, will be hosting its summer fayre on Sunday, August 9.

Read more
Sunday, August 2, 2015
Liza Klaussman

There’s been a change of schedule at this year’s Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival (September 17-20).

Read more
Saturday, August 1, 2015
Entry to Exmouth’s National Trust property, A la Ronde, is free on Saturday September 11as part of the national Heritage Open Day event.

At A la Ronde, the National Trust’s 16-sided house in Summer Lane near Exmouth, there’s plenty to do in the school holidays.

Read more

Local Weather

Rain

Rain

max temp: 16°C

min temp: 15°C

Great British Life


Great British Life

Family Notices 24



Devon's trusted business finder