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, 15:38
Can you call the wine man's bluff?

Teams will taste wines from around the world before hearing a different description from each of the panelists - but who is bluffing?

Read more
Yesterday, 11:21
Comedy horror fun with Doreen Gray at the Queens on Saturday, September 12.

Modern version of The Picture of Dorian Gray is coming to the Queen’s Theatre in Barnstaple this month.

Read more
Yesterday, 07:19

North Devon events from 3/09/15 to 9/09/15

Read more
Tue, 18:30
Couples Michael and Vivienne Gascoigne-Pees and Coral and David King are playing multiple roles in Radio Budleigh's 'Under Milk Wood'.

Radio Budleigh’s forthcoming production of Dylan Thomas’s Under Milk Wood is now well into rehearsals at the Salterton Playhouse.

Read more
Tue, 08:01
Woody Bay Station is giving half its takings to Children's Hospice South West this weekend.

Visit Woody Bay station on September 5 & 6 and help Children’s Hospice South West

Read more
Mon, 18:30
Bride: The Wedding Show. Photo: Ian Southern.

Planning a wedding needs organisation and inspiration – and there’s no better place to find help with both than at a great wedding show.

Read more
Sunday, August 30, 2015
Pianist Paul Lewis. Photo: Jack Liebeck.

Beethoven’s last three sonatas – considered to be three of the most sublime, brilliant and audacious of his works for piano – will be performed by Paul Lewis at St Peter’s Church, Budleigh Salterton on Saturday, October 3, from 7.30pm.

Read more
Saturday, August 29, 2015
Jimmy Cricket

Popular Irish stand-up comedian Jimmy Cricket is returning to Exmouth in September.

Read more
Saturday, August 29, 2015
The design of the new Jurassic play park

The bright and colourful new facility, owned by Lyme Regis Town Council, is expected to be finished within two months, with plans for a big opening event in late September.

Read more
Friday, August 28, 2015
Lucky Guy and the Chancers

The Grapevine in Victoria Road, Exmouth, is holding its annual beer festival during the August bank holiday weekend (Saturday, August 29 and Sunday, August 30).

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 15°C

min temp: 10°C

Great British Life


Great British Life

Family Notices 24



Devon's trusted business finder